TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Uruguay’s president and other top officials in Montevideo in the third leg of his tour of Africa and South America.

Working to a tight schedule on Wednesday, the top Iranian diplomat held official meetings and attended a trade gathering in Uruguay’s capital. Zarif is in Montevideo as part of a tour that earlier took him to Senegal and Brazil.

In his meeting with Uruguay President Tabare Vazquez, Zarif hailed the history of bilateral relations with the Latin American nation, stressing the need for efforts to boost the economic and trade ties between Tehran and Montevideo.

The Iranian minister also pointed to Uruguay’s presidency of Mercosur, calling for plans to link Iran with the trade bloc.

For his part, the Uruguayan president voiced his country’s willingness to enhance the economic relations with Iran in various fields.

During his stay in Montevideo, Zarif also held talks with Uruguay’s Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Vice President Lucia Topolansky, and President of House of Representatives Jorge Gandini.

The Iranian minister also gave a speech to a conference on Iran-Uruguay trade ties, attended by business people of the two countries.

Zarif had announced earlier that his trip, including a big business delegation, revolves around development of economic ties.

His entourage in the tour of Senegal, Brazil, Uruguay and Namibia includes representatives of tens of companies and entrepreneurs from both the state-run and private sectors.