Iran FM heads to South Africa for joint economic commission

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has embarked on a journey to South Africa to participate in the meeting of the 15th Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation between two countries.

Prior to his departure to South Africa on Wednesday, Amirabdollahian highlighted the significance of the joint session in Pretoria, the first of its kind in three years following COVID-19 restrictions.

The top Iranian diplomat said he will meet with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his counterpart, Naledi Pandor, during his visit to address key bilateral and international issues.

Furthermore, he said President Ramaphosa has extended an invitation to President Ebrahim Raisi to attend a “Friends of BRICS” summit scheduled to take place on September 24.

He added that a delegation of deputy ministers from a dozen Iranian ministries and representatives from the private sector have been in in South Africa since Monday to coordinate the upcoming visit by President Raisi.

The friends of BRICS are a group of countries, including Iran, which have expressed an interest in joining the bloc of major emerging economies.

Amirabdollahian said a date has also been set in autumn for President Raisi to conduct a “bilateral visit” to South Africa, with a detailed agenda in place.

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