Iran’s Foreign Minister received the ambassador of South Africa in Tehran on Wednesday, discussing ways for expansion of comprehensive bilateral ties and cooperation.

Iran PressIran News: Ambassador Vika Mazwi Khumaloa in the meeting conveyed the South African Foreign Minister Ms. Naledi Pandor’s congratulation to his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

The South African envoy referring to the arrangement for holding the 15th Session of the Iran-South Africa Joint Economic Commission, expressed hope that the next meeting of its Political Committee will be held in Tehran and the Joint Commission in Cape Town, IRNA reported.

He repeated South Africa’s invitation of President Ebrahim Raisi for an official visit to Pretoria, expressing hope that the visit will take place during the next Christian year and after the Joint Commission.

Amir-Abdollahian, for his part, while emphasizing the significance of African countries in Iran’s foreign policy, asked for evermore expansion of ties, and especially the economic relations with South Africa.

He also stressed the importance of the Ministerial Joint Economic Commission and its Ministerial Political Committee, as well as its other side committees, in the two countries.

Amirabdollahian also referred to the South African president’s meeting with the Iranian president in November 2015 in Pretoria as a turning point in the two countries' relations, remembering that he was a deputy foreign minister at the time.

He also appreciated South Africa’s supports for Iran during its rotating presidency of the UN Security Council, and also that county’s support for the Palestinian nation.