Iran in Africa: fill the void Policy , while everybody busy with Syria , Iraq , Yemen

Fill the void while everyone is busy , Iran new policy Iran has always had a foothold on the African continent, by using African sufferings from its poor infrastructural problems,, which makes it an open arena for strategic rivalries, which constituted an unprecedented opportunity for the regional powers to play a role and expand their influence.

 Iran was directed to the African continent, starting from the era of President Hashemi Rafsanjani (1989-1997) and through Ahadi Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005) ) And Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-2013) and to the current President Hassan Rowhani (2013 2021).

During these interrelated periods, Iran did not break away from the African continent and concentrated its foreign strategic policies on the transformation of poor countries, especially those that do not revolve in Western astronomy, but sometimes opposed the West for economic or ideological reasons. Specialized units for political and economic studies specialized in African affairs within the centers of its studies specially established to participate in the decision-making of the country.

President Hassan Rowhani himself before he ascended to the summit of power in “Saad abad” was the head of the Center for the diagnosis of the interest of the system,

Republic of Uganda as example: Iranian Medical Center in Uganda

On Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Uganda along with high-level political and economic delegation. The visit on Wednesday witnessed great Iranian activity, where Zarif met with his Ugandan foreign Minister  Sam Kotsa and expressed his happiness for the bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Relations in various fields, according to a statement broadcast by the Iranian Foreign Ministry through its official website in three languages.

Republic of Uganda has important site on the Nile Basin. Location of Uganda on the map of the continent

Early Thursday morning, the Islamic Republic of Iran inaugurated the Ugandan-Iranian Medical Center in the capital Kampala in the presence of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

The Iranian news agency Fars , said the launch was part of the agenda of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in his visit to the Ugandan capital Kampala. The $ 50 million Iran-Uganda Medical Center, established with the assistance of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Médecins Sans Frontières and the Uganda Police, was equipped with private sector investment, the agency said.

Ministerial meeting

During his meeting with Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutsa, Iran's Minister of Soft Power Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his satisfaction at the bilateral cooperation and called for strengthening relations between the two sides at various levels. Economic cooperation between the two countries as soon as possible. "

For his part, the Ugandan Foreign Minister expressed his satisfaction at the presence of the Iranian Foreign Minister and his accompanying delegation. "Uganda seeks to provide the suitable facilities for more Iranian companies in Uganda," he said.

The minister added that the Iranian companies can be active in various fields, especially production, editing and export of agricultural machinery, food products, cereals, milk and fruits, as well as industrial fields, mines, mineral materials, construction of power plants and trade development.

Strategic motives

In any case, the Iranian strategy towards Uganda is based on several motives that can be summed up in:

The exploitation of Uganda's great resources, especially that Kampala is rich in mines and minerals that have not yet been extracted, as well as expanding its influence on the African continent and opening new markets for Iranian goods that have no place in its Arab and regional environment due to the cases of commercial and political estrangement.

To convert the large Ugandan Muslim minority, which is about 13% of the estimated 5 million Sunni Muslims, into the Shiite sect, and to consolidate its religiously based presence in the country.

Then later on we will have new African Hezbollah party like Lebanon or Ansar ALLAH party like Yemen , located in the heart of Africa ,

By : Sherif Omar

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