Islamic Republic of Iran keen to strengthen trade ties with Zimbabwe

By Josephine Mugiyo, Diplomatic Correspondent

The Islamic Republic of Iran says it is keen to improve trade relations with Zimbabwe, given that the two countries already have common ground on the political and economic spheres.

This emerged as the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Abbas Navazani, met with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Ambassador Frederick Shava at his Munhumutapa offices this Wednesday.

Ambassador Navazani, who spoke to ZBC after the closed-door meeting, said among the key issues that came up for discussion was the need to improve trade relations.

The top envoy noted that trade volumes between Zimbabwe and Iran are not where they should be.

“Our trade volumes are not where they should be that is why we need to revive them. We have been having fruitful engagements towards achieving that. We want to improve in the field of agriculture and also technology transfer to Zimbabwe,” he said.

Ambassador Navazani said apart from business, the two countries also have common interest in international issues.

He spoke against the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe, which he said are akin to economic terrorism.

Palestinian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Tamar Almasri also paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Shava this Wednesday.

Ambassador Almasri said he brought a special message from his country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, noting that nine Memoranda of Understanding will be signed between the two countries as they seek to increase cooperation.

He said, “I had a message for Frederick Shava regarding our relations. Also spoke about the future and exchange visits. We will see more high officials from Palestine visiting Zimbabwe. We hope before the end of this year to sign the MOUs.”

Ambassador Almasri said they also spoke about Israeli occupation in his home country and also denounced the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the West and its allies.