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First Visit by an Iranian Leader to Africa in Over a Decade

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was welcomed by his counterpart, William Ruto, in Kenya during the first stop of a three-country tour of Africa that kicked off on Wednesday. Raisi referred to Africa as a “continent of opportunities” during a press briefing, emphasizing its potential as a market for Iranian products. Iran’s Foreign Ministry shared that President Raisi’s tour aimed to promote economic diplomacy, strengthen political relations, and diversify export destinations. Last month, Raisi visited Latin America, signaling Iran’s efforts to deepen ties with allies facing similar US sanctions. His visit to Uganda and Zimbabwe was expected to prioritize discussions on trade and bilateral relations. Few details have been released about the Iranian leader’s visit to the two countries.