by Aly Jonas

Strengthening Iran-Central African ties

Renforcement des liens Iran-Centrafrique

Iran and the Central African Republic (CAR) recently reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening bilateral cooperation during the visit of a Central African delegation to Tehran.

The recent resumption of trade between Iran and the Central African Republic is attracting growing interest. This development reflects an upheaval in African geopolitical relations.
The Central African Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Private Sector Promotion, Hyppolite Ngaté Robard, met with senior Iranian officials, including the Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade, Abbas Aliabadi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, and the first vice-president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Mokhbér. The discussions focused on strengthening bilateral relations in the areas of trade, agriculture and education.

Beyond the economic aspects, cooperation between the two countries raises geostrategic issues, particularly with regard to the potential exploitation of the Bakouma uranium mine in the CAR. This mine, with an estimated potential of around 32,000 tonnes of uranium.
Furthermore, Iran is seeking to develop military partnerships with certain African states, including the CAR, in a context where Western influence tends to gradually disappear in favor of actors like Russia and Iran, which recently became a member of the BRIC'S. .

In addition, Iran should be able to count on the Lebanese Shiite community, which has been very established on the African continent for more than a century and whose economic weight across the continent is considerable.