Ahmadinejad to open Zimbabwe trade fair
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is reportedly to visit Zimbabwe to open the country’s International Trade Fair in Bulawayo on April 23.
“This year President Ahmadinejad will open the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair on April 23,” Zimbabwean Government spokesman George Charamba said on Friday.
He made the announcement after Iran’s new ambassador to Harare, Mohammad Pournajaf, presented his credentials to President Robert Mugabe.
Addressing a press conference after his meeting with Mugabe, Pournajaf said: “Zimbabwe and Iran enjoy strategic co-operation partnerships — the doors and gates of Iran are always open.”
“You do not need a visa to visit Iran, so we invite Zimbabweans to come to Iran,” AllAfrica news website quoted him as saying.
In March, Ahmadinejad told Zimbabwean Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Didymus Mutasa in Tehran that Iran was ready to help Zimbabwe as much as possible, in view of the sanctions imposed on Harare by the West.
The Islamic Republic will stand by Zimbabwe against “illegal pressure,” he added.
Ahmadinejad also called for the implementation of all agreements signed by the two states.
Iran and Zimbabwe have signed several joint cooperation treaties, especially in agriculture, irrigation development, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.