Iranian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Ahmad Erfanian says Zimbabwe and Iran should take advantage of their excellent political relations to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade and economics.

The Iranian Ambassador, who began his tour of duty in February this year, was speaking after meeting Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the Munhumutapa Offices in Harare today.

Zimbabwe and the Republic of Iran have enjoyed good cooperation for over three decades and through one of the programmes Zimbabwe benefited from a tractor deal from the Republic of Iran to support Zimbabwe’s land reform.

Zimbabwe is currently cooperating with Iran in the area of education where some Zimbabwean nationals have benefited from Iranian scholarships to study medicine, pharmacy and ICTs.

Mr Erfanian said the two countries are also trading in tobacco where one Iranian company signed a contract for the supply of tobacco to the tune of US$4.2 million and more export orders are coming for the Zimbabwean commodity.

The Iranian Ambassador also expressed interests for cooperation in the mining, agriculture and other sectors.

On the possibility of reviving the tractor deal, he said Iran is ready to do so at any time.

President Robert Mugabe and some Iranian heads of state have exchanged visits four times each.