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Africa keen to strengthen ties with Iran: African ambassadors
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep2(170).jpgTEHRAN – In a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad late on Saturday, African ambassadors based in Tehran called for increased ties with the Islamic Republic. 
 
“Africa is seeking to expand relations and enhance cooperation with Iran, and we hope that relations will increase as soon as possible,” the Malian ambassador said in a speech on behalf of ambassadors of other African countries. 
 
Ahmadinejad, for his part, said, “Africa has immense natural wealth and has a rich civilization and culture, but it was under the control of the colonialists for hundreds of years and has been deprived of its fundamental rights.”  
 
Advocates of colonialism “impose regional and civil wars on African people to loot their resources and wealth,” he added.   
 
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ahmadinejad said that the “unjust system” prevailing in the world should be reformed, noting that all countries in the world should make efforts to this end.  
 
“Terrorism, unilateralism, and tyranny are the problems shared by all countries, and it is necessary that we all cooperate to root out these problems,” the Iranian president said. 
 
Africa Day was observed on May 25. 
 
EP/PA

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