Cape Town (IP) - The foreign ministers of Iran and South Africa met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit and discussed the expansion of bilateral relations.

Iran PressAfrica: Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, left Tehran for Cape Town on Wednesday evening at the invitation of the Foreign Minister of South Africa in a bid to participate in the meeting of foreign ministers of the BRICS group.

In this regard and according to the report of the General Department of Information and Spokesperson Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amir-Aabdollahian said that Shanghai and BRICS can play important roles in the new world order.

The Iranian minister of foreign affairs also listed some high capacities of Iranian companies in technical and engineering fields and emphasized Iran's readiness to take advantage of these capacities in order to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation.

Amir-Abdollahian pointed to the successful experiences of the Islamic Republic of Iran in helping neighboring countries in the fight against terrorism and appreciated South Africa's support for the Palestinian nation.

In this meeting, the South African minister of foreign affairs also said that the foreign ministers of the BRICS member countries will exchange views on the membership mechanism of the new countries and present the result to the upcoming BRICS Summit.

Naledi Pandor also welcomed the strengthening of economic cooperation between the two countries and, referring to some developments in the southern part of Africa, she considered terrorism as one of the most important dangers facing this region.

The BRICS foreign ministers' meeting commenced on June 1 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The BRICS group includes the world's emerging economic countries, including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which account for about half of the world's population. They cover 30% of the world's area and a quarter of the investments made in the world have been attracted in these countries.

The meeting of BRICS foreign ministers, which is e held in Cape Town, South Africa, and serves as a good opportunity to outline Iran's vision and plans for membership in this economic union, as well as consulting with members to facilitate the membership of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


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