By SA News
President Jacob Zuma has arrived at Tehran in the Islamic Republic of Iran for a State Visit taking place from 24 to 25 April 2016.
The visit is the second South African State Visit to Iran. The first visit was undertaken by the late President Nelson Mandela in 1999.
Zuma’s State Visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran will serve to cement the strong relations between the two countries that originated during the apartheid era when Iran refused to oil the apartheid machinery and instead cut ties with apartheid South Africa.
The visit takes place during an opportune moment, following the strong momentum in bilateral relations, including the official visit to Iran by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa last year, the 12th Joint Commission meeting in Iran in May 2015, the 6th Deputy Ministerial Working Group visit to Iran in August 2015 and other high-level Ministerial and Deputy Ministerial visits to Iran and South Africa in 2015.
In addition, the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions against Iran provides immense potential for closer commercial and investment cooperation between South Africa and Iran.
President Zuma is accompanied by Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Noma-India Mfeketo; Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies; Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan; Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson; Water and Sanitation Minister, Nomvula Mokonyane; Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, as well as a business delegation.