Mugabe Seeking Closer Ties

Mugabe Seeking Closer Ties
Mugabe Seeking Closer Ties

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has described Iran as a reliable country, saying Harare is seeking to enhance ties with Tehran.

He made the remarks in his meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Harare, the Mehr news agency reported on Thursday.

Playing a constructive role in the region and world, Iran has proved to be a reliable state,” Mugabe said.

He also praised Iran for resisting pressure being exerted on the country through oppressive sanctions.

Mugabe sent his best and warmest regards to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani and urged more cordial relations between the governments and people of the two countries.

He denounced some countries’ double standards toward Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program and declared his support for Iran’s legal right to access nuclear energy for peaceful applications.

He also called for a more active role by Iranian businessmen and investors in the economic sector of the African country.

The deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, for his part, congratulated Mugabe for his presidency over the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and said, “The African continent is well-known for its campaign against colonialism and Apartheid and its heroic figures like Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe.”

Amir-Abdollahian blamed the formation of extremist movements in the Middle East and Africa on the wrong policies of the United States and other Western countries and called for determined, concrete measures by the international community to help eradicate of the evil phenomenon of extremism.