South African Ambassador, H.E. Mr. William Max Philemon Whitehead, visited the ECO Secretariat in Tehran on 25th September 2017 and met with the ECO Secretary General, H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Halil Ibrahim Akca.
During the Meeting, both sides explored possible areas of cooperation, including ECO-SADC cooperation. Ambassador Whitehead informed that South Africa is the current chair of Southern African Development Community (SADC), and expressed hope that SADC and the ECO can start working on establishing a mutually beneficial cooperative arrangement in the near future.
ECO Secretary General thanked Ambassador for his interest in ECO and briefed him on activities within the ECO context. He highlighted that ECO attaches great importance to making alliances with regional organizations and a meaningful cooperation arrangement between ECO and SADC will help the both regions greatly.
Both sides agreed to continue contacts in the future in this regard.