Skip to main content

Iran’s Raisi seals 21 deals on Africa trip, attends drone exhibit in Kenya

Iran is seeking stronger ties to sub-Saharan Africa but faces competition from the Gulf and China.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi returned from his African tour on Friday with numerous cooperation deals as Iran seeks greater influence on the continent.

Raisi traveled to Kenya on Wednesday and then to Uganda later that day. On Thursday, he arrived in Zimbabwe. He returned to Iran early Friday morning. Raisi described Africa as the “land of opportunities” upon his arrival, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

All in all, Iran signed 21 cooperation agreements. The following is a breakdown of Raisi’s trip:


Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.