Sunday, August 08, 2004

Niger Calls For Expansion Of Economic Ties With Iran

Description of Selected News: "Niger Calls For Expansion Of Economic Ties With Iran

TEHRAN (MNA) -- Niger's Foreign Minister Aichatou Mindaoudou here on Sunday called for Iran-Niger cooperation in the fields of water, health, road building and rural development. She made the remarks during her talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, IRNA reported. Alluding to her previous visit to Tehran in 2002, she said the grounds have been paved for bolstering bilateral cooperation. "The visit is taking place with an aim of pursuing and implementing the projects upon which both sides have already agreed," she added. Pointing to Iran's self-sufficiency drive, she said that the success in this regard will guarantee the Country's sovereignty. "We need to use Iranian experiences in this regard," she stated.

Kharrazi, for his part said, Iran attaches importance to bolstering ties with African countries. He referred to the Iran-Africa seminar held in March as a token of bilateral economic ties. Kharrazi reiterated that the ground has been prepared for Iranian private or state-run companies to enter the African markets. "Foreign Ministry is due to take special measures to facilitate Iranian companies' activities in African states," Kharrazi said.

He expressed African states' readiness to cooperate with Iran, saying African countries are eager to bolster their ties with Iran.
He stated that Iran would put its political, economic and social experiences at the disposal of African states, saying unity of Islamic nations call for such measures.

Mindaoudou, heading a high-ranking political delegation arrived in Tehran at the invitation of her Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi. The Republic of Niger is a land-locked country in West Africa"


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