News ID: 136744
Published: 0739 GMT February 14, 2016
Iran, Ghana sign agreements

Leader calls for closer ties among independent states

Leader calls for closer ties among independent states

Leader of Islamic Revolution Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday called for closer ties among independent states for tackling wars and terrorism in the world.

 

In a meeting with Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama in Tehran, the Leader said that the Islamic Republic is keen on boosting cooperation with African states, leader.ir reported.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that arrogant powers are seeking to create “insecurity and wars” in different parts of the world.

“Terrorist groups operating in our region and Africa have been created by the spying services of the US, Britain and the Zionist regime (Israel),” the Leader said. 

Ayatollah Khamenei also described Israel as the “symbol of evil” in the world, saying “all problems are rooted in (activities of) arrogant powers especially the US.”

He said that Iran is among “the supporters of peace” in Syria, saying the Syrians are determined to decide about their future.

Mahama also praised Iran’s civilization, saying the Islamic Republic’s “foreign policy is based on respecting the rights of other nations in determining their own destiny”.

He also expressed hope that Iran’s effective role in fighting terrorism to help settle the Syrian crisis.

He said that Ghana is ready to increase its cooperation with Iran in all fields.

The meeting came after Iran and Ghana sign new documents for cooperation.

Mahama visited Tehran at the head of an economic and political delegation, hailing the trip as the “beginning of a new epoch in bilateral ties”.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani officially welcomed his visiting Ghanaian counterpart in a ceremony at Sa’dabad Palace in Tehran on Sunday.

 “I am proud to be the first African leader to visit Iran after the nuclear agreement and also the first Ghanaian leader to come here after the Islamic Revolution,” Mahama told a joint news conference with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday, Press TV reported.

Rouhani underlined that the Islamic Republic attaches great importance to its relations with African nations, Ghana in particular.

Rouhani said they discussed ways to pave the ground for closer cooperation in various cultural, scientific, industrial and mining areas.

He added the two sides also exchanged views about problems facing the Middle East region and ways to resolve them.

During the press conference, the Ghanaian president said there are many grounds for cooperation in a variety of fields, including oil and gas, agriculture, power generation and production of cement, home appliances and engineering products.

 

“Suitable partner”

 

“We think Iran enjoys a good advantage in these fields and can become a suitable partner for Ghana,” he said.

Mahama thanked Iran for its “very high-quality health services which it offers at very reasonable prices to the Ghanaian people.”

He also thanked President Rouhani for “Iran’s educational support” and the fellowships which it grants to the Ghanaian youths to study medicine and engineering in Iran.

Mahama said Iran’s establishment of an Islamic Azad University in Ghana had allowed the Ghanaian youths of all religious denominations, including Muslims, Christians and Buddhists, to carry on their graduate studies.

“I also thank Iran for its agricultural services which it offers to poor and remote areas in Ghana which have led to better production and food security in these regions,” he said.

 

Iranian farming in Ghana

 

According to Peter Kiguta, head of Customs and Trade at the East African Community (EAC), the lifting of sanctions on Iran will pave the way for African states to forge closer ties with Iran.

He said the region needs to export value-added products if it wants to tilt the balance of trade which is in Iran’s favor.

Mahama said, “Iran has always been a close friend and supporter of the freedom movement in Africa and has always sought colonialism to leave the continent. Iran was also a supporter of South African struggle against apartheid.

“Iran enjoys very high potentials and we accord a high value to friendship between Iran and Africa.”

   
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