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Iranian Speaker Pleased with Outcomes of African Tour

TEHRAN, March 9, 2014(FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani Sunday voiced satisfaction in his two-leg African tour, and underlined that Tehran is resolved to pursue implementation of the fruitful agreements reached between the country and South Africa as well as Congo in his recent visit to the black continent.

"During my visit to South Africa, we had good discussions about the regional and economic issues," Larijani said upon arrival at Tehrans International Mehrabad Airport on Sunday morning. "I had meetings with South African president, parliament speaker and some businessmen," the top Iranian parliamentarian said. He noted that the two sides also discussed economic, industrial, engineering services and expansion of parliamentary ties.

Larijani noted that the two sides have shown interest in expansion of mutual cooperation due to their important role in two important regions, and said, "This issue can pave the grounds for tranquility in the region." The Iranian speaker pointed to his visit to the Republic of Congo, and said, "We discussed economic cooperation with Congolese officials and we hope that in the next round of talks both sides would take further steps to this end," adding that the head of Iran-Congo Parliamentary Friendship Group is slated to follow up the issues discussed in the meetings.

Larijani who paid a visit to the two African states arrived in Tehran this morning. Iran has striven hard to maximize relations with the African continent. 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.


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