Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined Tehran’s good and friendly ties with African states, and voiced the country’s continued support for the independence of the African nations.
Speaking at a meeting with the visiting Malian Speaker Issaka Sidibe in Tehran on Saturday, Larijani said Iran’s ties with African states, Mali in particular, are “friendly” and in a good level.
“We have always paid attention to issues related to this continent and we have always supported African states’ independence,” he said.
As regards bilateral ties, he said the visit by Sidibe can help promote mutual cooperation.
“The parliamentary and political ties are in good level and we hope to promote economic relations, too.”
The African speaker, for his part, lauded friendly relations between his country and Iran and said, “We are eager to define new framework for further cooperation.”
“We will remain a friend of Iran forever and will never cooperate with enemies of Iran,” he noted.