“Today we will be re-opening the Embassy of Iran in Namibia. We had one previously and we are looking forward to the future establishment of a Namibian embassy in Iran,” the foreign minister said.
The Iranian government has appointed Qumarz Fotoeighixam to serve as ambassador in Namibia and although he has not yet presented his credentials to President Pohamba yet, he would be present at the opening of the embassy today
According to officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the new ambassador is likely to meet Pohamba and present his credentials towards the end of this month.
During his introductory remarks, Salehi conveyed his best wishes to President Pohamba on behalf of Iranian president-elect Hasan Rowhani, and highlighted what he referred to as the excellent relations between the two nations.
“Our Embassy here will be instrumental. We already maintain strong political relations with Namibia, and we now look to further extend our economic as well as trade relations,” he said.
Salehi spoke briefly of the longstanding friendship between the two countries, which dates back to pre-independence.
He re-called that Swapo had an office in Iran, and that Iran did its’ best to assist Namibia to gain its independence.
Pohamba informed Salehi that Namibia followed the elections in Iran closely, and that in his view the smooth running of elections is an indication that the Iranian people are committed to democracy.