Iran supports development of African states
Tehran: Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi underlined Tehran's enthusiasm for the further expansion of ties with African states, and said his country supports development and progress of the black continent. Iran believes all African nations should have a high level of well-being and welfare and the situation of the suffering African people should improve, Rahimi said in a joint press conference with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Nairobi on Tuesday.
Turning to the situation in Kenya, Rahimi stated that Iran believes Kenya should be a focal point in East Africa which can facilitate the development of all African countries.
"Iran has cooperated with Kenyan officials in all areas to achieve this goal and will be on the side of the African, especially Kenyan, people in all aspects," he added.
Rahimi left Tehran for the Kenyan capital at the head of a high-ranking politico-economic delegation on Monday. Rahimi and his entourage are also due to visit Tanzania later this week. During the five-day tour of the two African nations, the Iranian vice-president will meet with senior Kenyan and Tanzanian authorities as well as officials in Zanzibar to discuss bilateral ties and consolidation of trade and economic relations.
Rahimi and his accompanying delegation are due to ink several cooperation agreements and contracts during the visit to the African nations. The Iranian vice-president said upon arrival at Nairobi Airport that "we are resolved in this trip to further expand the bilateral relations in all spheres".
He reminded Iran's key role in Kenya's developmental projects, and said he would study and follow up on accelerated implementation and completion of these plans and projects during his current visit.
Elaborating on the agenda of his visit to Kenya, Rahimi said, "We will discuss regional situation and conditions as well as international issues with the Kenyan officials in this trip."
Rahimi further underlined that during his talks with the officials of the African nation, the two sides are also slated to make decisions on consolidation of ties and bolstering of interactions and exchanges.