(MENAFN) Hossein Amir Abdollahian, the Iranian Foreign Minister, has completed his visit to South Africa, during which he held meetings with several foreign counterparts representing countries that are either members of BRICS or are referred to as Friends of BRICS. The meetings took place in Cape Town, the venue for the gathering. The Tehran Times correspondent in Cape Town reported that Abdollahian had fruitful discussions with counterparts from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Gabon, South Africa, Brazil, India, the Comoros, and Russia.
BRICS currently consists of five economically emerging nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The Friends of BRICS, including Iran, are countries that aspire to join the economic bloc, showcasing their interest in closer collaboration and engagement with the existing members.
During his meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, Amir Abdollahian expressed his satisfaction with the positive developments in bilateral relations. He highlighted the successful appointment of ambassadors for both countries, which has paved the way for the opening of embassies and consulates. The Iranian foreign minister also expressed gratitude to Saudi Arabia for its preparations and facilitation of Iran's Hajj pilgrims, acknowledging the importance of such gestures in fostering people-to-people connections and religious practices.
The visit to South Africa provided an opportunity for Iran to engage with key countries in the BRICS framework and strengthen diplomatic ties. The meetings reflected Iran's commitment to enhancing cooperation and dialogue, as well as its aspiration to join the economic bloc. By participating in these discussions, Iran aimed to contribute to the ongoing conversations on regional and global issues, while also advancing its own interests and establishing mutually beneficial partnerships.
The interactions between Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian and his counterparts from various countries showcased the diplomatic efforts to foster closer relations, exchange views on shared challenges, and explore potential avenues for collaboration. The discussions in Cape Town demonstrated Iran's commitment to engaging with BRICS and Friends of BRICS, with the aim of deepening ties and expanding its diplomatic footprint in the international arena.
The visit to South Africa served as a platform for dialogue, cooperation, and diplomacy, allowing Iran to strengthen its relationships with BRICS member countries and explore opportunities for economic, political, and cultural exchanges. Through these engagements, Iran sought to broaden its network of partnerships and establish itself as an active player in the dynamic landscape of international relations.
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