TEHRAN, Sep. 23, 2014 (FNA)- Iranian and Nigerian officials in a meeting in Tehran underlined the need for the further expansion of mutual cooperation.
During the meeting in the Iranian capital on Sunday evening, Head of the Iranian Parliaments Agriculture Commission Abbas Rejayee and his Nigerian counterpart Mohammad Taher Mongono explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral ties, specially in agricultural fields.
During the meeting, Rejayee pointed to the status quo of Iran-Nigeria relations, and said, "Iran and Nigeria are two important and influential countries in two regions of the Middle East and West Africa and their cooperation can produce considerable interests for the two nations."
He noted that the Iranian parliament, specially its agriculture commission, is ready to open a new chapter of ties with the Nigerian parliament.
The Nigerian parliamentarian, for his part, said owing to the fact that over two-thirds of Nigerian economy is based on agriculture, there are vast capacities for cooperation with other countries, including Iran.
Iran has long sought to boost bilateral ties and mutual cooperation with the African countries in a bid to help them with development.
Iran is also an observing member of the AU and has shown an active presence in previous AU summit meetings.
The country is considered as one of the AUs strategic partners along with India, Japan, China, several South American states and Turkey, while Tehran is also believed to be prioritizing promotion of its economic and political ties with the African states.