Saturday, June 05, 2004

Iran, Morocco to Expand Agricultural Ties

Mehr News Agency English:

"Iran, Morocco to Expand Cooperation in Agricultural Sector
TEHRAN June 5 (MNA) - The Jihad Agriculture Minster conferring with the Ambassador of Morocco to Tehran discussed the major areas in which the two countries can boost their cooperation in the agricultural sector.
According to Fars News Agency, quoting the public relations office of the Jihad Agriculture Ministry, Mahmud Hojjati pointing to the joint historical backgrounds of both countries said that there exist different fields for further cooperation. In particular, in the fisheries sector as well as greenhouse and agricultural research. The exchange of agricultural experts between Iran and Morocco, he said, is a positive step toward increasing relations in the agricultural sector.

He stressed that food product safety and reaching the self-sufficiency point in the production of strategically important agricultural staples such as rice and wheat are the most important priorities of his ministry.

Yahoo! News - Cheney Interviewed in Criminal Probe

Yahoo! News - Cheney Interviewed in CIA Name Leak - NYT: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney has been interviewed as part of a grand jury investigation into who disclosed the identity of an undercover CIA (news - web sites) officer, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

The White House has denied that senior aides to President Bush violated federal law by disclosing the name of Valerie Plame to columnist Robert Novak, who wrote last summer that Plame, wife of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, was a CIA employee. "

Iran authorities kill 58 drug smugglers in 116 separate operations

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: AP - Middle East: Iran authorities kill 58 drug smugglers: "Iran authorities kill 58 drug smugglers
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian police have killed at least 58 drug smugglers and confiscated more than 50 tons of narcotics in the past two months, a top police official said Saturday.
The drug traffickers were killed and the narcotics were seized in 116 separate operations in eastern Iran in April and May, state-run radio quoted General Mahdi Abouei as saying. Seven police officers were killed in the raids, he said."

Cote d'Ivoire Envoy Calls For Boosting Ties With Iran

Mehr News Agency English: "Cote d'Ivoire Envoy Calls For Boosting Ties With Iran
TEHRAN June 5 (MNA) - Cote d'Ivoire Ambassador to Iran, H. E. Rock Dassomption Tieti here on Saturday called for Iran's participation in the implementation of the development plans in his country, news reports said.
The ambassador also called for the Islamic Republic of Iran to play a role in developing the country's infrastructure."