Media Statement

27 August 2015

Deputy Minister Mfeketo to lead a South African delegation on a Working Visit to Iran

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo will lead a high-level delegation to the Islamic Republic of Iran on a Working Visit from 29 to 30 August 2015.  Deputy Minister Mfeketo will be accompanied by the Deputy Ministers of Trade and Industry and Energy, as well as senior officials from Trade and Industry, Energy, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and National Treasury.

South Africa and Iran maintain good bilateral relations and regularly convene meetings of the Joint Commission, which is a structured framework to promote cooperation in various sectors, including agriculture, health, water and sanitation and science and technology.  The last session of the JC, which was the twelfth session, was held in Iran in May 2015 and co-chaired by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The South African Government welcomes the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1 and Iran on 14 July 2015 on outstanding matters regarding the Iranian nuclear program and supports the full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  This historic Agreement is testament to the success of a negotiated and diplomatic solution, to which South Africa has steadfastly and continuously lent its full support. 

The implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will also create an opportunity for South Africa and Iran to resume their trade, investment and economic relations, allowing the two countries that enjoy historical and fraternal relations to deepen their ties even further.

Enquiries: Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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