Deputy President Ramaphosa also presided over the launch of the SA-Iran Business Council, wherein he noted the success of companies doing business in Iran and the enormous capacity developed by the Iranians in areas such as petrochemicals, oil and gas, agriculture and on developing sources of energy such as wind and gas.
While in Iran Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had an opportunity to pay courtesy visits to President Hassan Rouhani and the Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani. The Deputy President expressed South Africa’s gratitude to the Iranian government for the stances it has taken on various regional cooperation issues and ongoing support for transformation of the United Nations Security Council.
The Deputy President was supported by Minister Nomvula Mokonyane of Water and Sanitation, Deputy Ministers Nomaindia Mfeketo of International Relations and Cooperation, Godfrey Oliphant of Mineral Resources, Mcebisi Jonas of Finance, Bheki Cele of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and and Tokozile Xasa of Tourism and senior government officials.
Representatives of state-owned companies such as Eskom, Mintek, the Council for Geoscience, the Financial Intelligence Centre and the South African Revenue Service and over 80 business leaders formed part of the visit in support of the Deputy President.
(Source: Office of the South African President)