TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri expressed congratulations to Ahmed Ouyahia on his appointment as the new prime minister of Algeria.

In a message released on Sunday, Jahangiri felicitated appointment of Ouyahia and expressed the hope that, in light of potentials and capacities of the North African country and the Islamic Republic, bilateral relations between the two countries would develop more than ever.

The Iranian official also wished good health and success for the newly-appointed premier and progress and prosperity for the people of the country.

Ouyahia, who is also leader of the ruling party of the Democratic National Rally (RNS) and chief of staff at the President Office, has occupied the post of prime minister for several times, the last of which dates back to 2012.

Expansion of relations with African nations in all political, economic and cultural fields is top on the agenda of Iran's foreign policy.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who won a second term back in May, has repeatedly stressed his government's interest in boosting relations with the African states.