Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Shariatmadari & Khatami to leave for CIS countries today

Description of Selected News: "Khatami to leave for CIS countries today


TEHRAN (IRNA) -- President Mohammad Khatami is scheduled to visit the Republics of Armenia, Belarus and Tajikistan from September 8-14, the Presidential Office announced on Tuesday.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Khatami will visit the countries at the official invitation of his counterparts Robert Kocharian, Aleksandr Lukashenko and Emamali Rahmonov of Armenia, Belarus and Tajikistan respectively.

During his visit to Armenia, Khatami and senior Armenian officials will discuss bilateral relations, regional issues, promoting mutual cooperation in all areas, energy and transportation in particular.

Implementing Tehran-Minsk bilateral agreements, regional and international issues will top the agenda of Khatami's talks in Belarus.

A number of new agreements in the fields of customs, economy and agriculture will be signed between Iran and Belarus. Khatami will deliver a speech at the Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

On his second visit to Tajikistan, Khatami and Tajik officials will discuss ways of consolidating trade, economic and cultural relations between the two countries.

On last day of his visit, Khatami will take part in the summit of the member states of the Economic cooperation Organization (ECO).

Khatami, on his visits, will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Safdar Hosseini and Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari.

Armenia, Belarus and Tajikistan are members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) which was formed by twelve former Soviet republics."

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