TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, in a meeting with the outgoing Zimbabwean ambassador to Tehran, expressed hope that with the removal of impediments, the two sides would experience progressive ties in various areas, including economy and trade.
A statement released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau said that also during the meeting, Mottaki noted the resolve of the two countries’ leaders to further expand mutual relations, and reminded that the common views of the two states in the sphere of foreign relations have paved a proper ground for the development of mutual cooperation.
“Following the removal of the existing barriers, we hope to witness progressive ties in various areas, including economy and trade,” he stated.
The top diplomat further voiced dissatisfaction with the pace of Iran-Zimbabwe economic and trade cooperation, despite the two countries’ desirable political relations.
For his part, Zimbabwean ambassador to Tehran appreciated cooperation of the Iranian foreign ministry and other bodies and organizations during his mission in the Islamic Republic, and pointed out that his country’s economic problems which have been created as a direct result of the West’s pressures on Zimbabwe, the improper view of his country’s private companies to the West and the lack of proper knowledge about the existing potentials have caused the undesirable level of cooperation in the two states’ economic and trade ties.
To conclude his words, he viewed the recent economic summit attended by the two countries’ officials as a proper way for the acceleration of mutual economic relations and cooperation, and stressed the need for increased exchanges by Iranian and Zimbabwean economic officials.