Salehi said Western states have never helped other countries, especially the African states, out of goodwill. He noted that Iran’s policy on cooperation with African states is different from that of Westerners. “For this same reason, African nations welcome Iran’s presence in their territory.” Salehi added that Africa is a highly important continent and that “Iran has concentrated all its efforts on helping the oppressed and Iran through its strong presence can help expedite the development of the African states’ economic, trade, technical and industrial sectors… Today, we are witnessing that many countries that have just found a foothold in Africa are moving, and we also should also move with vigilance and without seeking any special benefit or setting any conditions in order to contribute to building those countries’ infrastructures… Iran now has representative offices in a majority of African states, in line with its policy of expanding relations with them. The representative offices are either permanent or temporary ones. Furthermore, Iran plans to increase the number of staff in its embassies so as to effectively contribute to commissioning of the projects it has undertaken there.