Bilateral ties Iran urges close banking ties with Ghana

Zarif made the call after a meeting with President John Mahama in Accra on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad J. Zarif has called for close banking ties with Accra in a bid to improve trade relations.

Zarif made the call after a meeting with President John Mahama in Accra on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

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“To facilitate relations in the private sector, we should facilitate some issues such as banking cooperation with Ghana,” Zarif told reporters in Accra.

Zarif, accompanied by a delegation of 70 top business leaders from Iran to the Flagstaff House, said he sees no obstacle in expanding trade relations with Ghana and Africa.

"We see no obstacle to the expansion of relations with Ghana and Africa and welcome bolstering ties with these countries,” the Iranian top diplomat said.

Zarif's visit to the Flagstaff forms part of his four-nation tour of West Africa to discuss possible ways of expanding relations.

He added that the Iranian businessmen are ready to expand trade ties with Ghana.

On his part, president Mahama said Accra and Tehran have the potential to improve cooperation in oil, gas, agriculture and education.

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He added that Ghana is taking steps to operationalise the agreements reached in Iran during his visit to that country.

President Mahama further expressed hope that the two countries would continue to work together for mutual benefit.