Iranian FM meets his South African counterpart

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Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met his South African counterpart, Lindiwe Sisulu, in Pretoria on Tuesday and is slated to sit down with President Cyril Ramaphosa later on Wednesday.

Mr. Zarif is in South Africa at the head of a politico-economic delegation to hold talks with the country’s senior officials on bilateral relations and the future of the Iran nuclear deal following the US’s pullout.

The Iranian and south African foreign ministers are also expected to hold a second round of talks on Wednesday.

Upon his arrival in Pretoria, Zarif described South Africa as “one of the close partners” of the Islamic Republic.

Zarif said the Iranian delegates would hold talks with their South African counterparts on the expansion of bilateral relations as well as ways for the international community to adopt a unified stance against Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The top Iranian diplomat further expressed hope that his discussions with South African officials would be constructive, serve the interests of both nations and help regional peace and stability.

He also stressed that Iran has always stood by the South African nation, and that Pretoria, in exchange, supported the Iranian nation’s nuclear rights.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif said following Washington's exit from the Iran deal, all the remaining parties have announced their commitment to taking measures that would ensure Iran’s economic benefits, Press TV reported.

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