The foreign minister departed for Bamako, the capital city of Mali, at the first leg of his African tour which will later take him to Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani had earlier on Monday stated that the Islamic Republic has always attached importance to the African continent and the Raisi’s administration sees the expansion of relationships with African nations as a special issue.
Iran has discussed a boost of economic and trade ties with African states, he said, adding that Amirabdollahian’s trips to Mali, Tanzania, and then Zanzibar are in line with the administration’s plan to boost relationships with Africa.
Africa-Iran trade volume more than doubled in the last year, he said, noting that the trade figures show that bilateral exchanges improved from 600 million dollars per year to more than 1.3 billion dollars.
The Iranian embassies in African countries have started more efforts to expand cooperation in different arenas, including economic, trade, and political fields, Kanaani noted.
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