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President in a meeting with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa:

Iran seeks development of economic relations with Pretoria

President Hassan Rouhani said there are good grounds for boosting cooperation between the two countries at bilateral and multilateral levels.

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Mon 11 - May 2015 - 13:39

During the meeting in Tehran on Monday, Dr.Rouhani said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to further increase consultations and mutual cooperation," the Iranian president said.
Tehran is willing to expand economic relations with Pretoria, he stated, adding that the ties should develop with a good momentum.
Expansion of relations with African nations in all political, economic and cultural fields is top on the agenda of Iran's foreign policy.
President Rouhani called for collective measures by the UN member states to fight terrorism and violence.
On nuclear talks between Iran and G5+1, he said Iran has proved that it is very serious in resolving nuclear dispute.
Iran believes in mutual respect and observing international law and regulations as well as peaceful use of nuclear energy for the economic development, he said.
Iran has always underlined that economic sanctions and putting pressures on others is a wrong approach and will be harmful to all, Dr.Rouhani said.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has always backed the struggles of South Africa against apartheid, he said.
The two sides should make use of economic, cultural and scientific potentials to help promote relations between the two nations, he said.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to contribute in all fields to broaden cooperation between the two countries, said President Rouhani.
'Unfortunately, there are some powerful countries in the world willing to monopolize science, knowledge and technological know-how to guarantee their domination,' he said.
They should understand that science and ethnological know-how will not remain under monopoly of a specific group, Dr.Rouhani said.
He expressed outrage at deterioration of humanitarian situation in Yemen by the Saudi indiscriminate bombardment of the civilian targets and said that it is not possible to resolve the country's domestic issues through military aggression.
He said that the political groups must initiate dialogue and prepare the ground for free and fair elections to determine their own fate.
He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is willing to extend humanitarian emergency supplies to Yemen.
As the current chairman of Non-Aliened Movement (NAM), Iran is ready to broaden and facilitate cooperation among the member states, he said.
South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, for her part, said South Africa is committed to broaden cooperation with Iran.
'I'm conveying the message of goodwill, solidarity, contribution and extensive cooperation between South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Iran,' she said.
'The stand of South African government backing Iran's peaceful nuclear programs is very clear and the South African government fully supports Iran in light of the Iranian advocacy for the international peace and security,' she said.
South Africa never approved imposition of unilateral sanctions on Iran; she said adding 'We believe sanctions run counter to the international law and that South Africa suffered losses due to Iran sanctions.'
South Africa calls for revitalization and expansion of economic relations and cooperation with Iran mainly in energy sector as the country never let others impose their will on them, she said.

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