Zimbabwe and Iran to Strengthen Relations

Zimbabwe and Iran are discussing collaboration in the financial and banking sector and will soon open discussions in health and agriculture collaboration as part of efforts to boost economic ties between the countries.

Director General of international affairs in the Iranian ministry of co-operatives Mr Hamed Forouzan mentioned that despite the political ties between the two countries their economic and bilateral relations are not at a satisfactory level.

“We hope that we can improve bilateral and economic relations in the shortest period of time. We are hopeful that we can expand our economic cooperation in different fields.” Mr Hamed Forouzan said.

Permanent Secretary For Foreign Affairs and trade international Ambassador James Manzou said the indaba offered an opportunity to take stock of the progress made in implementing decisions made at the 8th session of the Permanent session of the Zimbabwe-Iran permanent joint commission on co-operation held in Harare 2015.

Speaking in the Mid Term Revenue meeting of the 8th session of the Zimbabwe-Iran permanent joint commission on Co-operation, Ambassador Manzou said Zimbabwe and Iran are both victims of illegal Western sanctions. “Zimbabwe and Iran are innocent victims of illegal and ruinous sanctions by Western countries over our sovereign decisions to pursue independent paths of development” Ambassador Manzou said.