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Vol 38 No 1

Published 3rd January 1997

Tehran's ambitions

Iran is working to build a presence across Africa as it seeks to overcome efforts by the United States, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to isolate it. A mid-December invitation from Zaïre's former Foreign Affairs minister, Jean-Marie Kititwa, to Iran to help mediate in its crisis and provide economic assistance was answered enthusiastically by Tehran. Iran's activist foreign policy and its close links with Sudan are expected to continue whoever replaces President Ali Akbar Hachemi Rafsanjani, who in September visited six African countries: Kenya,

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