|Iran says ready to establish close cooperation with South Africa||
TEHRAN - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Sunday that Tehran is ready to cooperate closely with South Africa.
He made the remarks at a ceremony held in Tehran to celebrate the 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy in South Africa.
He stated that Iran has always made efforts to establish good relations with South Africa, adding that expansion of ties and cooperation with African countries is one of Iran’s principled positions.
Exactly 20 years ago, South Africans of all races voted in the country's first democratic election to end apartheid, bringing the African National Congress (ANC) to power and making Nelson Mandela the country's first black president.
Iran severed relations with South Africa’s apartheid regime after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and resumed ties since the collapse of apartheid in 1994.
Abdollahian considered collapse of apartheid in South Africa as the victory of the whole world.
Commenting on the 11th meeting of Iran-South Africa joint committee, he said that the meeting shows that Iran and South Africa are determined to expand ties.
He went on to say that results yielded from the committee indicate great capacities for the expansion of ties.
In October 2013, South Africa hosted the eleventh meeting of the South Africa–Iran Joint Commission. The joint committee with Iran is one of the longest running structured bilateral mechanisms that South Africa has with any country.
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