TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif started his official trip to South Africa on Tuesday to hold talks with senior officials of the African country about a range of issues, including ways to boost Tehran-Pretoria relations in diverse fields.  

Heading a high-ranking political and economic delegation, Zarif left Tehran for Pretoria at the official invitation of the South African authorities.

He is planned to meet with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu to discuss the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The two sides will also exchange views about the future of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

During the trip, the Iranian delegation is also slated to attend meetings with other political and economic officials of the African country.

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 has repeatedly stressed his government's interest in boosting relations with African states.