Minister Nkoana-Mashabane meeting with her Iranian counterpart, Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran. Press Release    15 June 2014  Minister Nkoana-Mashabane undertakes a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran  International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has arrived today in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran, for a two-day working visit.    The Minister will deliver a keynote address at a Seminar under the theme: “20 years of South Africa’s freedom and relations between South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Iran.”    The objective of the Seminar is to share with Iranians, South Africa’s holistic, political and constitutional experience; to enhance South Africa / Iran trade relations and investment through the promotion of mutually beneficial investment opportunities; and to develop cultural exchange programmes between South Africa and Iran.  During her visit to the Islamic Republic, the Minister will participate in the 20th anniversary celebrations of South Africa’s freedom and democracy, hosted by the South African Embassy in Tehran.    Whilst in Tehran, it is expected that Minister Nkoana-Mashabane will meet with her Iranian counterpart, Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and pay a courtesy call on the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E Dr Hassan Rouhani.    South Africa maintains a friendly relationship with Iran, even though the international sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic have made trade increasingly difficult.  In October 2013, South Africa hosted the Eleventh Meeting of the South Africa–Iran Joint Commission. The Joint Commission with Iran is one of the longest running structured bilateral mechanisms that South Africa has with any country. Bilateral trade with Iran for 2013 amounted to R211 million. Total imports from Iran amounted to R48.6 million and total exports to Iran amounted to R162.6 million.    For more information, please contact Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974  ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION  OR Tambo Building  460 Soutpansberg Road  Rietondale  Pretoria

Tehran - International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane touched down in Tehran, Iran, on Sunday for a two-day working visit, her department said.

Nkoana-Mashabane was expected to address a seminar called “20 years of South Africa's freedom and relations between South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Iran”, said spokesman Clayson Monyela in a statement.

“The objective of the seminar is to share with Iranians, South Africa's holistic, political and constitutional experience, to enhance...trade relations and investment....and to develop cultural exchange programmes between South Africa and Iran.”

During her visit, Nkoana-Mashabane will meet with Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif, and pay a courtesy call to Iran's president Hassan Rouhani.

Monyela said South Africa maintained a friendly relationship with Iran, even though international sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic made trade increasingly difficult.

Bilateral trade with Iran for 2013 amounted to R211 million, the department said. Total imports from Iran amounted to R48.6m and total exports to Iran amounted to R162.6m.

Sapa