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16:02 | 2013-05-28

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Swaziland Eager to Further Expand Ties with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Swaziland is satisfied with the current level of its friendly ties with Iran, but it wants to further develop relations and cooperation with Tehran in different fields, the country's justice minister said on Tuesday.

"We want strong ties between the two countries and while we are completely satisfied with the current relations with Iran, we are also after expanding these relations," the Swazi justice minister said in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Morteza Bakhtiari in Tehran on Tuesday.

He also called on Iran to provide the ground for a visit by the Swazi businessmen to Iran, and said, "No doubt, more job opportunities will be created in our country after such visits."

The Swazi minister expressed the hope that the Islamic Republic of Iran would open its embassy in Mbabane in the near future.

During the meeting, Bakhtiari also underlined Tehran's readiness to expand ties with all African states, specially Swaziland.

"One of the policies of the Islamic Republic in its foreign policy is cooperation with the African states, and highly good efforts have been made to improve the interactions and relations (with them)," he said.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration has striven hard to maximize relations with the African continent.

Iran is also 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.