Iran, Zimbabwe to cooperate on uranium mining: Zimbabwean FM

Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said that his country plans to cooperate with Iran on uranium mining.

Tehran: Zimbabwean Foreign Minister
Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said that his country plans to
cooperate with Iran on uranium mining.

"Zimbabwe has rich uranium reserves, but is faced with
shortage of funds and does not possess the technical knowledge
and equipment needed for extracting rich uranium ores,"
Mumbengegwi told yesterday.
"If we can work together on uranium mining, it will
improve the economic situation of both countries," he said.

The Zimbabwean official also said that the two
countries can have cooperation in the energy sector,
especially in construction of oil refineries.

He went on to say that Zimbabwe is willing to buy fuel
from Iran.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Zimbabwean foreign
minister said it is the best time for the Iranian companies to
invest in Zimbabwe, adding when a country`s economy is in a
bad situation, it is the best time for making investment in
that country because investors will receive many incentives.

Commenting on the structure of the United Nations,
Mumbengegwi said that the power is concentrated in the UN
Security Council and the members of the council are empowered
to make every decision they wish.
It is not fair and more power should be transferred to
the General Assembly which has 194 members, he said, proposing
that the number of the UN Security Council should be increased
to 26 countries.

He added that the imposition of sanctions on countries
should also be approved by the General Assembly.

On the UN sanctions on Iran and Zimbabwe, he said
imposing sanctions on these countries are not accidental.

"The Western governments treat the governments that
don`t accept their dominance in this way and impose sanctions
on them," he said.

"The Western governments are skilled at fabricating
reasons to justify their actions," he stated, adding every
unbiased observer can testify that Zimbabwe is one of the most
democratic countries in Africa and the human rights are never
violated in the country.

On Iran`s nuclear program, the Zimbabwean diplomat
said the Western countries have created a brouhaha over Iran`s
nuclear issue, but according to the international regulations
all countries have the right to use the nuclear energy for
peaceful applications.

PTI

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