Iran’s advice to Mugabe

SANTA CRUZ – Iran has made great achievements under the United States engineered sanctions and Iranians have learned to make use of pressures and attain self-sufficiency in various sectors, says a senior Iranian official.

Iran’s first Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri

Iran’s first Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri

Iran’s first Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri said on Saturday that the Iranians have learned to use Western pressures to attain self-sufficiency, and that explains why the country managed to make considerable achievements under sanctions.

The Iranian official made the remarks in a meeting with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on the sidelines of the 50th summit of the Group of 77 developing countries plus China in Bolivia’s eastern city of Santa Cruz.

Jahangiri praised Zimbabwe’s “positive and constructive” stance in international organisations. The Iranian official said Iran’s foreign policy is based on the establishment of friendly ties with African countries, adding that Tehran was ready to expand relations with Harare in political, economic and cultural fields.

Mugabe, for his part, condemned the US-led sanctions against Iran, stating that arrogant powers believed the “entire world belongs to them and other countries are their servants”.

He also called for unity among countries slapped by sanctions, stressing that the Group of 77 developing countries plus China could contribute to the realisation of such an objective.

The Zanu PF government always blames sanctions for the downward spiral of the Zimbabwean economy.

— Press TV

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