Tehran to Host Iran-Africa Summit

A012993010.jpgTEHRAN (FNA) – Foreign ministers of Iran and Africa are due to attend a meeting here in Tehran in the near future, Islamic Republic’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Friday.

The issue was raised in a meeting between Mottaki and foreign ministers of Tunisia, Malawi and Burkina Faso on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Ethiopia.

During the meeting, the Iranian foreign minister described 2008 as the year for the expansion of Iran’s ties with Africa, and said, “To identify potentials of Iran and African states, Tehran would soon host a summit of Iranian and African foreign ministers and deputy foreign ministers.”

For his part, Tunisian foreign minister voiced support for Iran-Africa ministerial meeting, and stressed Tunisia’s full preparedness to cooperate with Iran in arranging the Tehran summit.

He also condemned Israeli crimes in Gaza, and underlined the need for efforts to enhance unity and solidarity among Palestinian groups.

Foreign ministers of Malawi and Burkina Faso also reiterated their countries’ participation in the upcoming Iran-Africa ministerial meeting in Tehran.

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