President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, welcomed an envoy from Iran. He acknowledged the achievement of the Islamic State, stating that Iran has attained a phenomenal growth even as a developing country.
The President hosted the outgoing Iranian Ambassador, Morteza Rahimi Zarchi, at the Presidential Villa in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). During the meeting, President Buhari recollected his visits to Iran as Minister of petroleum and as Nigeria’s President. He (Buhari) lauded the Iranian government for upholding a “mutually beneficial relationship” between the two nations.
The Nigerian leader hoped that the mutual peace between both nations can be sustained as he bid the envoy farewell and wished him greater success in his future endeavors.
Meanwhile, the Iranian Ambassador, in response, thanked the Presidency for the warm reception and described his tour of duty a very successful one.
He also described Nigeria as a strong country in Africa which possesses a brighter prospects for the future. He went on to commend President Buhari for his relentless zeal in the fight against corruption and revival of the economy.
Zarchi revealed that Iran had a lot of experiences to share with Nigeria on insurgency with the resurgence of Boko Haram forces terrorizing the northern regions. However, he expressed optimism that the war against terrorism in Nigeria would be eventually won.
Iran has been in loggerheads with United States of America over the killing of their military heads, but it seems the bad blood which was on the brink of starting a war has been laid to rest.