TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi wished success for the presidents of Senegal and Nigeria who won re-elections for their second terms, offering congratulations to the two African country on holding elections successfully.
Qassemi, in a Friday statement, wished success for Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and Macky Sall of Senegal who managed to be re-elected as the presidents of their respective countries after securing the majority of the votes.
He also expressed hope that Tehran’s ties with Abuja and Dakar would further develop in light of the results of the recent elections in the two West African states.
Senegalese President Macky Sall has won re-election with more than 58% of the national vote on February 24, without the need for a second round of voting, giving him five more years in office.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has been declared the winner of the country’s election after results showed that he claimed 56% of the vote.
Early in February, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a meeting with new Malian ambassador to Tehran, said that Iran will increase cooperation with African countries, voicing his country’s readiness to expand medical supports to poor countries.
Rouhani stressed that Iran is willing to deepen relations with African countries, including Mali, adding, “there are good opportunities for development of relations between Iran and Mali in economic fields.”
Rouhani said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to develop scientific and academic, as well as agricultural relations with African countries”.
In a related front, earlier in 2017, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani stressed Iran’s permanent attention to the African continent to broaden ties.