Somalia: Tehran and Mogadishu Enhance Parliamentary Ties


Mohammad Aboutorabi Fard Iranian deputy speaker of Parliament

Somalilandsun – Senior parliamentarians from Iran and Somalia, in a meeting in Tehran on Monday, expressed hope that the bilateral ties between the two friendly states would witness further enhancement in various sectors, particularly in parliamentary fields.

During the meeting, First Vice-Speaker of the Iranian parliament Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi Fard said Tehran and Mogadishu should use the existing opportunities to expand their bilateral relations.

The Iranian parliament, he said, supports expansion of cooperation with the African countries in industrial and economic fields.

Meanwhile, members of the Somali delegation called for fostering bilateral ties between the two countries, parliamentary relations in particular.

The Somali delegation is in Tehran at the invitation of Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.

Iran is an observing member of the African Union (AU) and has shown an active presence in previous AU summit meetings.

The country is considered as one of the AU’s strategic partners along with India, Japan, China, several South American states and Turkey, while Tehran is also believed to be prioritizing promotion of its economic and political ties with the African states.