Iran’s President Raisi begins Africa tour to boost trade.
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has begun a three-country tour of Africa, with the aim of boosting trade and relations with the continent.
Raisi’s visit to Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe is the first by an Iranian president in more than a decade. It comes as Iran seeks to diversify its economic ties in the face of crippling US sanctions.
In Kenya, Raisi met with President William Ruto and discussed ways to increase trade between the two countries. Iran’s foreign ministry said that trade with African countries is expected to reach more than $2 billion this year.
Raisi’s visit to Africa is part of a broader diplomatic outreach by Iran to developing countries. In June, he visited three Latin American countries to shore up support with allies also under US sanctions.
Raisi’s visit to Africa is likely to be met with mixed reactions. Some countries, such as Kenya, are eager to strengthen ties with Iran, while others, such as the United States, are likely to view the visit with suspicion.
Only time will tell whether Raisi’s visit to Africa will be a success. But one thing is for sure: it is a sign that Iran is determined to play a more active role on the continent.