Tehran, Sept 11, IRNA-South African Ambassador to Tehran Youssef Salouji conferred on Sunday with Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on issues of mutual interests.
At the meeting, Rafsanjani lauded the positive stands taken and support voiced by South Africa for the Islamic Republic of Iran particularly for its peaceful application of nuclear technology.
He said there is a turning point in Tehran-Pretoria relations which can lead to further expansion of all-out relations between the two sides.
The pressure exerted by a number of Western countries and the United States on Iran over its nuclear programs was due to the high scientific and technical capabilities of Iran, he said adding that these countries are fully aware that Iran has no military intention and so they only seek to restrict Iran and hinder the development of its capabilities.
Iran has shown its goodwill through confidence-building measures its has taken for its peaceful application of nuclear technology, he pointed out.
Referring to efforts of the US and its allies to influence the Non-Allied Movement, he said under the current circumstances Iran hopes that the NAM member countries would prevent violation of Iranian rights.
Iran calls for expansion of relations with the African countries, South Africa in particular, he said adding that there are ample untapped grounds for expansion of mutual cooperation in oil, gas and mining sectors.
The South African ambassador, for his part, underlined that the Islamic Republic of Iran make peaceful use of nuclear technology and said his country will continue to support Tehran as has been reflected in its warning to the IAEA against adoption of anti-Iran measures.
He called for consolidation of mutual relations by relying on existing potentials and said there is now very good cooperation in mining and agriculture sectors between the two countries.
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