Ebrahim on official visit to Iran

Friday, September 25, 2009

Pretoria - International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister, Ebrahim Ebrahim, will lead a South African delegation to the fourth meeting of the SA-Iran Deputy Ministerial Working Group.

The department said in a statement that Ebrahim's visit, which will take place from Monday, comes within the context of South Africa's commitment to enhance economic and trade relations with Iran.

While in Iran, Ebrahim will also pay a courtesy call on Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance, Seyed Shamseddin Hosseini.

Diplomatic relations between South Africa and Iran were re- established on 10 May 1994 after the first democratic elections.

Ambassador Mohammed Sharif Mahdavi was the first Iranian Ambassador to South Africa after the resumption of diplomatic relations. In turn, Ambassador Moosa Moolla was the first South African Head of Mission in Tehran after the resumption of ties.

In 1995, South Africa and Iran established a Joint Bilateral Commission (JBC) to allow for a high-level review of bilateral relations and to consider ways in which these relations could be expanded further.