February 22, 2016 / 12:05 PM / 2 years ago

South Africa's Zuma to visit Iran on Sunday: statement

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will visit Iran on Sunday and Monday to “strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries” the presidency said on Monday without elaborating.

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma in a file photo. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Pretoria is considering building an oil refinery that will process Iranian crude to bolster its petrol supply and reduce its dependence on foreign companies.

South Africa’s deputy president visited Iran in November to explore opportunities for co-operation in the energy sector.

Reporting by Zandi Shabalala; Editing by James Macharia

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