TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said South-South cooperation is necessary in the campaign against terrorism.
He made the remarks at a press conference with South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Tehran on Sunday.
Nkoana-Mashabane, heading a business and trade delegation, arrived in Tehran early on Sunday and is holding meetings with high-ranking Iranian officials.
Zarif said that he discussed a number of bilateral and regional issues during a meeting with the South African foreign minister before their joint press conference.
“Our region is suffering from numerous problems, which have arisen because of the interference of outsiders,” Zarif said.
“Furthermore, we are facing the heinous phenomena of terrorism, extremism, and violence in the region, with examples in Iraq, Syria, and other countries, including countries in Africa,” he added.
Zarif also expressed hope that the continuing dialogue between Iran and South Africa would be constructive and would open a new chapter in relations between the two countries.
The South African foreign minister welcomed the call for South-South cooperation in the campaign against terrorism, saying Iran and South Africa can counter extremism and violence through cooperation.
Commenting on her visit to Tehran, Nkoana-Mashabane said, “During the trip, we not only want to promote our political relations, but we also want to expand our ties in the economic and social areas as well.”
She added that South African President Jacob Zuma has accepted an invitation extended by the Iranian president to visit Tehran.
Nkoana-Mashabane also stated that South Africa is keen to boost economic ties with Iran as soon as the sanctions imposed on the country are lifted.