Iran, Congo to expand relations: FM

22:23, May 13, 2010      

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Iranian Foreign Minister said Iran and the Democratic Republic of Congo will expand relations in line with the Islamic Republic's priority of developing better ties in Africa, the local satellite Press TV reported on Thursday.

Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters at a joint press conference with his visiting Congolese counterpart Alexis Tambwe Mwamba Wednesday that Iran's new strategies on African countries involve a combination of both political and economic relations, the report said.

The prospective establishment of a joint economic commission with Congo, facilitating future collaborations in the fields of agriculture, mining, oil and gas explorations and excavations, dam- building and irrigation, and the construction of power plants and factories, could certainly lead to expanded and deeper ties, said Mottaki, according to the report.

The Islamic Republic continues to monitor developments in Africa and is committed to Congo's security and stability, he added.

For his part, Mwamba hailed a strengthening of relations between Congo and Iran and announced his government's intention to open a Congolese Embassy in Tehran, Press TV said.

In February, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Tehran views consolidation of all-out ties and cooperation with the African Union (AU) member states as a "strategic goal," the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

"We are completely ready to reinvigorate our cooperation with the members of the (African) Union in all fields," Ahmadinejad said in a message to the AU summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, according to the report.



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