Leader voices Iran support for African unity and development
Press TV -(Wed Apr 10, 2013) The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has reiterated Iran’s positive perspective toward African nations, emphasizing Iran’s support for the development and unity of African states.
In a Wednesday meeting with the visiting Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza and his accompanying delegation in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei further pointed to hostile efforts of some European countries and the United States in colonizing African countries, hatching conspiracies, and sowing discord among African nations.
The Leader then expressed optimism that African states, including Burundi, will experience a better future, characterized by steady growth and progress.
Welcoming the expansion of ties between Iran and Burundi, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed that the African Union can serve as a power center for all African nations and that the Islamic Republic supports further alliance of nations within this union.
The Burundian president in turn pointed to the 28-year background of ties between Iran and Burundi and said the main objective of his current visit is to further activate the existing relations.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who met with President Nkurunziza on Tuesday, also attended the meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei.
Fars NA -(Wed Apr 10, 2013) Supreme Leader: Iran Welcomes African States’ Progress
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza underlined Tehran’s positive look at the African countries and its support for their progress.
“Iran welcomes African states’ progress and development as well as unity among them,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in Tehran on Wednesday.
He also underlined the African Union (AU)’s important role, and said, “The AU can be a center of might for all African states and the Islamic Republic of Iran supports more convergence in the Union.”
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the hostile actions taken by certain European states and the US, including exercise of various plots and colonialism against the African nations, and said, “We hope that the future of Africa, including Burundi, will be better and with increasing progress.”
He also welcomed the development of ties between Iran and Burundi.
Burundi is a country located in central Africa. Its capital is Bujumbura and it is bordered by Uganda, Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration has striven hard to maximize relations with the African continent during the last decade.
Iran is now an observing member of the AU and has shown an active presence in previous AU summit meetings.
The country is considered as one of the AU’s strategic partners along with India, Japan, China, several South American states and Turkey, while Tehran is also believed to be prioritizing promotion of its economic and political ties with the African states.
IRNA -(Wed Apr 10, 2013) Supreme Leader: Iran welcomes progress, development of Africa
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran is happy with the progress and development process in African countries.
The Supreme Leader made the remarks here Wednesday when he received the visiting president of the African state of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza.
The Ayatollah stressed Iran’s positive approach towards Africa and said Tehran welcomes unity among African nations.
Referring to hostile measures taken by a number of European countries as well as the US to exploit African states and create chaos and enmity among them, the Supreme Leader expressed hope that all African nations including Burundi would meet prosperous future.
Nkurunziza pointed to about three decades of relations between the two countries and said he was visiting Iran to add further dynamism to the existing bilateral relations.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was also present in the meeting.