South Africa will discuss the impact of its imposing sanction on Iran with Europe, an international relations official said on Friday.
"Regarding the issue of oil sanctions against Iran, we have agreed to send an inter-departmental delegation to Brussels to discuss the impact of the application of EU sanctions on Iran, on South Africa and the rest of the Southern African region," International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told reporters in Pretoria.
She was speaking after a meeting with European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Ashton is in Pretoria for the 11th SA-EU ministerial political dialogue. According to the EU's website, Ashton's visit underlines its commitment to strengthening its strategic partnership with South Africa, a key partner in Africa and on the global stage.
Nkoana-Mashabane said delegates held "fruitful" discussions on a range of issues, including peace and security, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, and the eurozone crisis.
"On Syria, we both agreed that current developments in Syria are serious. The situation needs to be addressed by the international community despite the differences of approach by members of the United Nations Security Council.
"Both parties further call for an end to the violence in Syria," she said.
Regarding Zimbabwe, Nkoana-Mashabane said the parties urged all roleplayers to work together, particularly in the constitution-making process.
On Sudan, Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa and the EU agreed the recommendations of the roadmap of the African Union Peace and Security Council, and the UN Security Council Resolution 2046 on solving the outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan, should be implemented.
"We remain concerned at the humanitarian situation in the region," she said.
The EU-SA political dialogue covers a broad range of issues, including peace and security, G20 issues, and bilateral relations. It involves heads of state, ministers, members of parliament, experts, non-state actors, and business communities.