Aug 22, 2022 15:19 UTC
  • Foreign minister: Iran pays serious attention to all world regions, gives priority to neighbors

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the Islamic Republic pays serious attention to expansion of ties with all regions of the world.

According to Press TV, Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks on Monday before setting off for his regional tour of Africa, which will take him to Mali, Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Asked about the main goals of his African tour, Iran’s top diplomat said it was in line with the 13th administration’s foreign policy, which “pays serious attention to all regions of the world.”

With regard to foreign policy, "our priorities include Asia, neighboring countries as well as some other countries, including [those in] the African continent,” Iran’s foreign minister said.

According to IRNA, Amir-Abdollahian is accompanied in his African tour by a big delegation comprised of government officials and business people from Iran’s major economic and commercial firms.

The top Iranian diplomat said, “We will take part in diverse meetings related to commerce and [various] industries.”

The Iranian foreign minister will also deliver part of Iran’s promised consignment of one million doses of Barekat COVID-19 vaccines.

Bamako, the capital city of the West African country of Mali, is Amir-Abdollahian’s first destination in his regional tour, followed by Tanzania.

Under President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, Tehran has sought to streamline its foreign policy priorities by including regional, Eastern, and African nations, instead of relying on ties with Western countries, some of which have either imposed or enabled sanctions against the country.

President Raeisi said in January that the development of all-out relations with African countries is among top foreign policy priorities of the Islamic Republic.

He added that Western powers have mainly sought to colonize and exploit African countries and they are currently pursuing their own wishes and interests in the continent in various forms.