Rouhani: Tan­za­nia is Iran’s gate­way to East African mar­ket

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Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani said Tehran wel­comes de­vel­op­ment of re­la­tions between Iran and African coun­tries, not­ing that “Tan­za­nia is Iran’s gate­way to the East African mar­ket”.

Pres­i­dent Rouhani made the com­ments in a meet­ing with vis­it­ing Tan­za­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Au­gus­tine Mahiga on Wednesday in Tehran, pres­i­ re­ported.

The pres­i­dent de­scribed de­vel­op­ment of re­la­tions with African coun­tries as a key prin­ci­ple in Iran’s for­eign pol­icy.

Rouhani ex­pressed in­ter­est in pro­mot­ing the level of re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tion between the two coun­tries in all fields, econ­omy in par­tic­u­lar.

Pow­er­ful Ira­nian com­pa­nies in the field of en­gi­neer­ing are ready to ad­vance de­vel­op­ment projects in Africa, in­clud­ing Tan­za­nia, Rouhani said.

He said that Iran and Tan­za­nia should boost eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, and the first step in this re­gard is de­vel­op­ment of mon­e­tary, fi­nan­cial and bank­ing re­la­tions.

Pres­i­dent Rouhani also called for es­tab­lish­ment of a joint eco­nomic com­mis­sion between the two coun­tries.

Both of­fi­cials also dis­cussed the is­sue of ter­ror­ism in the world.

Rouhani said Iran is ready to share ex­pe­ri­ences it has gained in the fight against ter­ror­ist groups with friendly coun­tries, in­clud­ing Tan­za­nia.

He de­scribed ter­ror­ism as “a ma­jor predica­ment” for the world and said ter­ror­ists have been ac­tive in all re­gions un­der var­i­ous names but they are fol­low­ing the same ob­jec­tives, stress­ing that “all coun­tries should unite in the fight against this scourge”.

Mahiga un­der­lined that his coun­try is re­solved to pro­mote re­la­tions with the Is­lamic Repub­lic in all ar­eas.

Head­ing a high-rank­ing del­e­ga­tion, the Tan­za­nian for­eign min­is­ter ar­rived in Tehran on Wednesday to hold talks with Ira­nian of­fi­cials on is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est.

He em­pha­sized that Tan­za­nia was de­ter­mined to ce­ment its re­la­tions with Iran in all fields of mu­tual in­ter­est.

Mahiga added that Tan­za­nia wel­comes the pres­ence of Ira­nian com­pa­nies in im­ple­men­ta­tion and de­vel­op­ment of its projects.

He also re­ferred to the ter­ror­ism phe­nom­e­non in regional and global stages, say­ing: “Tan­za­nia wants to take ad­van­tage of the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran’s ex­pe­ri­ences in coun­ter­ing not only ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism, but also the fight against or­ga­nized in­ter­na­tional crime, hu­man traf­fick­ing and money laun­der­ing”.

pres­i­ Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani (R) talks with Tan­za­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Au­gus­tine Mahiga (2nd L) in a meet­ing in Tehran on October 11, 2017.

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