Tehran (IP) - Congratulating his Senegalese counterpart and the people of the African continent on the occasion of African Day, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran said, "Iran is a reliable partner for the African continent."

Iran PressIran news: Ebrahim Raisi, in a telephone conversation with the Senegalese President Macky Sall on Tuesday, congratulated the people of Senegal, and the people of the continent on the occasion of African Day.

"I would like to commemorate the leaders and all those who kept the torch of freedom and independence of this continent burning and carried it despite many problems and hardships," Raisi said.

Raisi referred to the role of the African Union in countering unilateralism and colonialism and added, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been, and will be, a reliable partner for all African nations.".

Referring to the high technical-engineering capacity of Iran, the President said, "Tehran and Dakar have good relations with each other, but this level of relations is not acceptable and should be upgraded to a suitable level."

Raisi called attention to the African continent as one of the main pillars of Iran's foreign policy and added, "Iran is a reliable partner for African countries".

For his part, the President of Senegal Macky Sall called for conveying his greetings to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and thanked the President of Iran for his congratulations on Africa Day and said that it indicates Iran’s special attention to the continent”.

Referring to the history of friendly relations between the two countries, he added, "Our current relations are less than they should be and we are ready for any cooperation to improve it".

The President of Senegal pointed to the good cooperation of his country with some Iranian companies and said, "I have come to Iran twice and I have seen your progress in person”.