TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Top officials from Iran and South Africa called for plans to facilitate banking interaction between the two countries.

In a meeting in Tehran on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and South Africa’s Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete discussed ways to enhance the relations between the two countries.

Describing South Africa as a friendly nation that came to Iran’s aid in tough times, Zarif called for stronger cooperation between Tehran and Pretoria in all fields, especially in the banking field.

“Iran can be a good and reliable partner for South Africa in the region,” the top Iranian diplomat added.

For her part, the visiting South African speaker said her country welcomes efforts to boost the bilateral relations between her country and Iran, especially in the banking sector.

She also pointed to the great potential available in both countries for mutual cooperation, stressing the need to tap into those opportunities.

Mbete arrived in Tehran on Friday for an official visit. Her four-day visit is aimed at strengthening friendly bilateral relations and cooperation between the Iranian and South African legislatures.