TEHRAN – A top Iranian diplomat has held talks with the Egyptian President, voicing their strong opposition to the scourge of terrorism in the Middle East region particularly in Iraq and Syria
The meeting between Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took place on the sidelines of the 24th African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday.
Amir-Abdollahian highlighted the necessity to strengthen unity in the Islamic world and fight against the takfiri groups who were created by extra-regional states.
He also condemned the recent terrorist attacks on the Egyptian forces in Sinai and called for partnership of all political groups and national unity in Egypt.
Among the Arab countries, Egypt has emerged as strong force against terrorism and extremism.
Also on Sunday, Amir-Abdollahian met with South African President Jacob Zuma discussing bilateral ties and regional developments.
During the meeting, the Iranian deputy foreign minister emphasized that Tehran prioritizes broadening ties with South Africa.
The South African president voiced satisfaction lauded efforts by the South African and Iranian foreign ministers to broaden mutual cooperation. He also said he would visit Iran soon.
Iran is an observer member of the African Union and has shown an active presence in previous AU summit meetings.