Tehran (IP)- Iran's President stated that the establishment and strengthening of relations with the African countries is one of the priorities of the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iran PressIran News: Speaking on Monday in a meeting with Togolese Foreign Minister Robert Dussey, Ebrahim Raisi said that African countries have rich and talented natural resources, minerals, and human resources, adding, "Tehran seeks comprehensive development of relations with African countries, including Togo, to serve the common interest of the two nations."

Raisi added that in the new era, the process of all-inclusive development of cooperation with African countries in different economic, trade, and political fields will be pursued more powerfully and with more seriousness."

Stating that throughout history, Westerners have mainly sought to colonize and exploit the African continent, and today they are pursuing their desires and interests in various forms, noting, "The efforts of the people of this continent to maintain their independence are valuable, and their success depends on the emphasis on national and cultural identity and resistance to extravagance."

The President stated, "African countries have the necessary capacities for development and prosperity, and the Islamic Republic of Iran supports the African people's independence, progress, and welfare."

The Foreign Minister of Togo Robert Dussey also stressed that his country wants to establish wide-ranging and comprehensive relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, adding, "Lomé trusts Tehran's approaches in the development process of relations, and hopes that the policies of development of economic cooperation with Africa boost through mutual partnership."

Condemning the West's brutal sanctions against independent states and nations, the Togolese Foreign Minister stressed, "We seek cooperation with Iran to activate our capabilities in the mutual interest."


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