Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will open this yearâ€™s Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in BulawayoÂ this month.This has been revealed by a Zimbabwean official when the new Iranian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Mohamed Pour Najaf presented his credentials to the Head of State and Governement and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces President Robert Mugabe at State House in Harare this morning.Â
This will be the first time that the ZITF is opened by a leader from the Persian Gulf region and the first time by aÂ leader from outside the African continent.
Zimbabwe and Iran are close cooperating partners both on the economic and international spheres and both countries are strong advocates of the principle of national sovereignty and self determination .
They are also both currentlyÂ under sanctions, they both believe in the exploitation of the natural resources for the benefit of their people, a principle which has seen Zimbabwe redistributing land and introducing the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act under which foreign companies should give 51 percent of their share holding to locals.
Mr Mohamed Najaf said he is determined to take Zim-Iran cooperation to greater heights and declared that the door is open for Zimbabwe to establish partnerships, with the Persian nation.
He said a batch of tractors under the Zim-Iran tractor project is already in Johannesburg and Harare is set to be the hub of the tractor assembly for the Iranian tractors and other agric ultra equipment that include irrigation for the SADC region and beyond.
President Mugabe has visited Iran more than three times which proves the strong ties that exist between the two countries.Â