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Deepening Africa Ties a Core Policy of Iran

Increased contacts between Iran and Kenya can be helpful in finding opportunities for cooperation
 Kenyan National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi (L) meets President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Sept. 25. Kenyan National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi (L) meets President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Sept. 25.

President Hassan Rouhani said developing bonds of friendship with African states is a key principle of the Iranian foreign policy.

The president made the statement in a meeting with Kenyan National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi in Tehran on Sunday, IRNA reported.

"Iran welcomes the development of Tehran-Nairobi cooperation, especially in economic fields," he said.

Rouhani said Iranian companies can undertake infrastructure projects in Kenya, including those related to electricity generation, road construction and dam building.

The chief executive said increased contacts between the two nations can be helpful in finding opportunities for cooperation, stressing the need for closer scientific, tourism and parliamentary relations.

Pointing to the spread of terrorism across the world, he stressed that terrorist groups now pose a serious threat to all countries.

Rouhani said to deal with the scourge, the root causes of its expansion should be dealt with.

"Iran and Kenya can also work on this issue at the regional and international levels," he said.

Muturi said Kenya is determined to take its collaborations with Iran to a higher level, especially since the conclusion of the July 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which led to the removal of international sanctions on Tehran.

Hailing Iranian capabilities in technical and engineering sectors, the Kenyan official said his government will prepare the ground for the entry of Iranian private companies in Kenya.

Muturi, who arrived in Tehran on Friday, also met Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Saturday, following which they attended a joint press conference.

Financialtribune.com