Iran says ready to offer assistance to Zimbabwe

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HARARE, Jan 01, 2010 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Iran has said it is ready to offer humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe in times of need and develop to the highest level cordial relations between the two nations.

Iran's deputy ambassador to Zimbabwe Javad Dehghan was quoted by The Herald as saying on Friday that the two countries will further expand the already existing relations in all areas of cooperation.

Dehghan was speaking at the hand-over of 80 wheelchairs, 25 boxes of vitamin supplementary tablets and maternity kits and food hampers to the disabled people and representatives of the nine clinics in Mhondoro on Wednesday.

Iran donated food hampers comprising cooking oil, mealie meal and salt.

In addition, the embassy donated cash for the procurement of 250 kg of maize seed for the Zunde Ramambo project under Chief Mashayamombe as part of its efforts to assist the less privileged members of the society.

"In strengthening the brotherly relations between our nations, we have also made donations to several constituencies in Zimbabwe and this donation today is a further demonstration of the solidarity between our countries," he added.

Head of the Cultural Center of the Embassy of Iran Mr Mohammad Assadi, who also attended the ceremony, said his country is concerned over the adverse effects the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by Britain and her allies are causing on the ordinary Zimbabweans.

Zimbabwe and Iran enjoy a healthy diplomatic and economic relationship, which has seen the Islamic country donating more than 93 times towards humanitarian assistance.

Iran has also helped Zimbabwe in the mechanization of the agricultural sector, equipping the national broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings and is currently eyeing partnership in tourism and other sectors of the economy, deputy ambassador Dehghan added.