Today 25/08/2020, Ambassador Designate of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Republic of South Africa, H.E Mr Mahdi Aghajafari presented copies of his Letters of Credence to South Africa’s Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Nonceba Losi.

South Africa and Iran share historical bilateral relations and the latter supported the South African liberation movements. It severed official relations with South Africa in 1979 and imposed a trade boycott in protest against the country’s apartheid policies.

In June 1993 the Iranian Representative in Berne, Ambassador Mohammed Reza Alborzi, informed the South African Ambassador that the Iranian Government was considering re-establishing contact with South Africa on a wide front.

Iran lifted all trade and economic sanctions against South Africa in January 1994 and stated that this was the first step in the progressive normalisation of relations between the two states. On 16 February 1994 the Iranian Embassy in Berne informed the South African Embassy that Iran was desirous of establishing diplomatic relations with South Africa.

South Africa and Iran, diplomatic relations were reestablished on 10 May 1994.

We warmly welcome Ambassador Designate Aghajafari to our beautiful shores said Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Nonceba Losi.

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