29 July 2016 - 13:08
  • News Code: 265930
Zarif: Iran, Mali Serious to Expand Economic Cooperation

TEHRAN, July 29 (Shana) – Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Thursday that Iran and Mali are serious to expand economic cooperation.

Addressing Iran-Mali Joint Session of Economic Activists, Zarif said, "We are today witnessing the determination of Iran and Mali for all-out expansion of relations."
He said as land of Islamic civilization, Mali is of high significance for Iran and to this end, the Islamic Republic of Iran will spare no efforts to help them. "We hope that unity and peace will bear fruits here and the country will move towards further development."
Also referring to the presence of activists of Iranian private and public sectors in his visit, Zarif said, "I am happy that two private and public sectors are represented in this visit. Here, Malian economic activists are also present and this shows endeavor of the two governments for economic cooperation."
The minister said the economic delegation accompanying him in the visit is the biggest of its kind to visit along with an Iranian minister. 
"The team is active in various road and damn building, energy, science and technology, health and banking domains. Presence of the large-size delegation, comprising Iranian public and private sectors' envoys, indicates our determination for ties with West African states."
Zarif arrived in Mali on the last leg of his tour of West Africa.  
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