North Africa’s Ties to Europe Leave Little Room for Iran

North Africa’s Ties to Europe Leave Little Room for Iran
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a breakfast conference, Madrid, Spain, April 14, 2015 (Casa de America photo).

Earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Tunisia and Algeria to discuss strategic ties. In an email interview, Geoff Porter, an assistant professor at West Point’s Combatting Terrorism Center, discussed Iran’s outreach to North Africa. WPR: How extensive are Iran’s ties with North Africa, and what efforts are underway to expand ties? Geoff Porter: Iran has limited ties with North Africa. It had no ties with the Gadhafi regime in Libya both before and after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and it has not subsequently reached out to the warring Libyan governments. Relations with Tunisia were minimal, especially […]

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