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Publish Date: 9:36 - 20 July 2017
TEHRAN, July 20, YJC - An Iranian expert economic and scientific team is in South Africa to discuss ways for the further bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Iran scientific, trade team in South AfricaTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The Iranian delegation led by Director General of Iranian Foreign Ministry for African Affairs Mehdi Agha-Jafari includes representatives from ministries of oil, economy and finance, industry, mine and trade, agriculture, science, research and technology, Central Bank, Cultural Heritage Organization, Institute of Standards, Chamber of Commerce, Mahan Air , Water and Waste Water Organization and Pasargad Bank.

According to Agh-Jafari, the visit has aimed at expanding business, economic and scientific cooperation in the post-nuclear deal era.

The two sides also are going to hold their 13th joint economic commission meeting by mid September in Pretoria.

Iranian Ambassador to South Africa Mohsen Movahedi said presence of the Iranian team comprising of many sectors in South Africa is showing the enthusiasm of the two sides to expand cooperation in various fields.

Earlier in May, Tehran and Pretoria agreed to considerably increase the volume of their trade exchanges by 2021.

"Iran and South Africa are determined to boost their trade balance to hit two billion dollars within next four years," Deputy Head of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture Shahram Khassipour said.

He reiterated that the broadening of trade and economic relations between Tehran and Pretoria is of paramount importance for Iran.

In the same month, South African Ambassador to Iran William Whitehead called for broadening of Pretoria-Tehran relations in different fields.

"The implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will help Iran and South Africa to expand their mutual cooperation," Whitehead said, addressing Joint Iran-South Africa Meeting in Tehran.

The South African ambassador said that Iran is an important economic power in the Middle East and it has access to the Central Asian and Eurasia countries as well as Silk Road.

In April 2016, Tehran and Pretoria in a joint statement issued at the end of South African President Jacob Zuma's official visit to Iran underlined the need for fast growth in expansion of ties and mutual cooperation.

Iran and South Africa underlined broadening their bilateral ties in different areas in their joint statement.

The two sides also agreed to expand mutual cooperation in regional and international areas.



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