Iran strikes nuclear mining deal with Zimbabwe, Sunday Telegraph claims
At the ceremony, after the national anthems of both countries were played, the two presidents reviewed the guard of honor.
Mugabe heading a high-ranking delegation arrived in Tehran on Sunday night. Upon landing at Mehrabad International Airport, the Zimbabwean delegation was welcomed by the Minister of Cooperatives Mohammad Abbassi.
Zimbabwe's ministers of foreign affairs, energy and agriculture had arrived in Tehran earlier.
Iran has struck a secret deal with
Zimbabwe to mine its untapped uranium reserves in a move to secure raw
material for its steadily expanding nuclear program, a British newspaper
The agreement was sealed last month during a visit to Tehran by a close aide to Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.
In return for supplying oil, which Zimbabwe desperately needs to keep its faltering economy moving, Iran has been promised access to potentially huge deposits of uranium ore.
“Iran secured the exclusive uranium rights last month when minister of state for presidential affairs, Didymus Mutasa visited Tehran,” said a Zimbabwean government source. “That is when the formal signing of the deal was made, away from the glare of the media.”
Mr. Mutasa is the former lands minister in the Zanu-PF administration and one of Mr. Mugabe's most senior aides.