Iran's Awkward Diplomacy in Africa

Iran's Awkward Diplomacy in Africa

March 23, 2016

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style=""><span style="">Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian,&nbsp;promised&nbsp;this week that Tehran would “update” its Africa strategy, pursuing a “new level” of strategic relations in the coming years. The timing is somewhat puzzling, as President Hassan Rouhani has shown little interest in Africa. Above all, he is interested in securing foreign investment and technological know-how to help jolt the ailing Iranian economy; African countries are not on the list of priorities. Meanwhile, the latest major development in Iranian-African relations saw former ally Sudan make a complete U-turn,&nbsp;backing Riyadh&nbsp;in its current standoff with Iran. The Sudanese case has left a sour taste among political elites in Tehran, who believe African states are unreliable partners and will walk out on Iran as soon as a higher bidder comes along.</span></span></p>

Iran's Awkward Diplomacy in Africa

Iran's Awkward Diplomacy in Africa

March 23, 2016

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style=""><span style="">Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian,&nbsp;promised&nbsp;this week that Tehran would “update” its Africa strategy, pursuing a “new level” of strategic relations in the coming years. The timing is somewhat puzzling, as President Hassan Rouhani has shown little interest in Africa. Above all, he is interested in securing foreign investment and technological know-how to help jolt the ailing Iranian economy; African countries are not on the list of priorities. Meanwhile, the latest major development in Iranian-African relations saw former ally Sudan make a complete U-turn,&nbsp;backing Riyadh&nbsp;in its current standoff with Iran. The Sudanese case has left a sour taste among political elites in Tehran, who believe African states are unreliable partners and will walk out on Iran as soon as a higher bidder comes along.</span></span></p>

Iran's Awkward Diplomacy in Africa

Iran's Awkward Diplomacy in Africa

March 23, 2016

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style=""><span style="">Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian,&nbsp;promised&nbsp;this week that Tehran would “update” its Africa strategy, pursuing a “new level” of strategic relations in the coming years. The timing is somewhat puzzling, as President Hassan Rouhani has shown little interest in Africa. Above all, he is interested in securing foreign investment and technological know-how to help jolt the ailing Iranian economy; African countries are not on the list of priorities. Meanwhile, the latest major development in Iranian-African relations saw former ally Sudan make a complete U-turn,&nbsp;backing Riyadh&nbsp;in its current standoff with Iran. The Sudanese case has left a sour taste among political elites in Tehran, who believe African states are unreliable partners and will walk out on Iran as soon as a higher bidder comes along.</span></span></p>

Iran's Awkward Diplomacy in Africa

Iran's Awkward Diplomacy in Africa

March 23, 2016

<p class="font_8" style=""><span style=""><span style="">Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian,&nbsp;promised&nbsp;this week that Tehran would “update” its Africa strategy, pursuing a “new level” of strategic relations in the coming years. The timing is somewhat puzzling, as President Hassan Rouhani has shown little interest in Africa. Above all, he is interested in securing foreign investment and technological know-how to help jolt the ailing Iranian economy; African countries are not on the list of priorities. Meanwhile, the latest major development in Iranian-African relations saw former ally Sudan make a complete U-turn,&nbsp;backing Riyadh&nbsp;in its current standoff with Iran. The Sudanese case has left a sour taste among political elites in Tehran, who believe African states are unreliable partners and will walk out on Iran as soon as a higher bidder comes along.</span></span></p>