TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran hosted the 6th meeting of Iran and South Africa Joint Political Commission on Saturday in the presence of the two countries’ deputy ministers and officials.
The meeting was headed by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian in the Political and International Studies Office of Iran’s foreign ministry.
South Africa’s Deputy Foreign Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo, Deputy Energy Minister Thembisile Majola, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, Deputy Minister of State Security Ellen Molekane, as well as 30 general directors from different ministries in South Africa reportedly attended the session.
The meeting was aimed at exploring avenues to put into force the ratifications of the Joint Commission between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of South Africa, held in Tehran in May 2015.
Iran-South Africa Joint Political Commission holds its meetings biannually in Tehran or Pretoria.
In March, a South African delegation who visited Iran to discuss ways for the further expansion of economic ties with Tehran, underlined Cape Town’s enthusiasm for increasing investment in Iran.
“There are different grounds for the development of trade cooperation between the two countries and South Africa can be a gate for Iran’s presence in the big African market,” South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane who headed her country’s delegation to Tehran said, addressing a joint meeting with Iran’s Chamber of Commerce on May 11.
“South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Iran are natural economic partners and are ideal gates for each other’s presence in their respective regions,” she added.
Nkoana-Meshabane referred to the negative impact of sanctions on trade between the two countries, and said, “We will not wait for the removal of the sanctions to develop trade with Iran, rather we have always tried to expand our relations with Iran in all fields because Iran has stood beside us during the campaign against the Apartheid regime.”