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Ahmadinejad opens Iran-Africa summit

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he sees a bright future for Iran-Africa ties, saying there is no limit to the expansion of cooperation between Tehran and African countries.

In an opening speech to the Iran-Africa summit on Tuesday, President Ahmadinejad said Iran and Africa share the similar ideals.

“Rich culture, a history full of ups and downs, and an aspiration for a bright future for the human kind are part of commonalities of Iran and Africa.”

He further pointed out that Iran and Africa have both flourished despite sanctions, adding that there was “no limit” to an expansion of mutual cooperation to a maximum level.

President Ahmadinejad said that Iran and Africa’s abilities were complementary, adding that Iran was ready to supply Africa with expertise and experience.

He also called the Iran-Africa summit a suitable opportunity for the consolidation of relations.

The Iranian chief executive said that his country and the African nations call for a new world order based on “justices, respect for nations’ rights and dignity, and brotherhood.”

The Islamic Republic of Iran is hosting the two-day Iran-Africa summit in the capital city of Tehran.

Representatives from governments and private sectors of over 40 African nations including the presidents of Senegal and Malawi are attending the get-together which will focus on expanding political and economic ties.

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