News ID: 166979
Published: 0550 GMT August 16, 2016

President: Improving ties with Africa high priority for Tehran

President: Improving ties with Africa high priority for Tehran

President Hassan Rouhani said Iran attaches great importance to enhancing relations with African countries.

In a meeting with Burundi’s Foreign Minister Alain Aime Nyamitwe on Tuesday, the president said the two countries shared many common goals and could cooperate in various international organizations, IRNA reported.

The Iranian president said the most important problems the world is suffering are terrorism, political and military interventions by western countries, adding that Iran and Burundi, as the two members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), should play their roles in the international arena.

He also underlined the need for growing all-out relations between the two countries, expressing hope for establishment of sustainable peace in Burundi.

Rouhani also voiced the country’s willingness to strengthen ties with other members of the NAM, African states in particular, calling for the organization's push for settlement of the problems caused by the West.

“The Non-Aligned Movement countries should play a good role in the international arena by strengthening relations and cooperation,” Rouhani added, stressing the need for stronger interaction between Iran and Burundi as two members of the NAM.

The visiting Burundian minister said Tehran and Bujumbura have common goals, values and views when it comes to bilateral, regional and international cooperation.

Nyamitwe extended the written message of Burundi's president to Rouhani and hailed Iran’s support for people of his country.

   
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