Iran and South Africa Build Ties

South Africa is building strong ties to Russia, China and now Iran.

From Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency

Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani wrapped up a two-day visit to South Africa and returned home Tuesday.

During his visit, Larijani held talks with South African President Thabo Mbeki. The two sides stressed the importance of continued negotiation as the most logical step to resolve the dispute over Iran’s peaceful nuclear program which is in accordance with its rights under international treaties.

Larijani and Mbeki also discussed bilateral relations, Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities as well as latest developments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine.

Both called for strengthening of cooperation between Tehran and Pretoria in various political, economic and energy fields.

South Africa is to take over the presidency of the UN Security Council from Slovakia in March.

Pretoria voiced its firm decision to build a second nuclear power plant and said it intends to study various projects on uranium enrichment to produce fuel needed by its power plants.

It currently imports its needed nuclear fuel from France.

The deputy head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for international affairs, Mohammad Saeedi, accompanied Larijani in his South African tour.

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