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17:47 | 2009-02-03

Foriegn Policy

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Iranian Envoy Stresses Peace, Security in Region

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Bahrain Hossein Amir Abdollahian called establishment of peace and security in the region as a top priority in Iran's foreign policy.

"Iran's foreign policy is to establish peace, tranquility and stability throughout the entire region, "Abdollahian said in an interview published in the Monday edition of Al-Watan newspaper.

Declaring Iran's opposition against any kind of terrorist activity, including those taking place in Bahrain or anywhere else in the region, he added that Iran and Bahrain have stands close to one another over developments in the region.

The ambassador also talked about a security agreement which has been signed recently between the two countries, adding that Iran's stance on terrorism is totally clear and this comprehensive agreement signed between Iran and some member states of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC), including Bahrain, is sufficient proof for the claim.

Regarding Iran's gas export project to Bahrain, the Iranian ambassador said, "Iran has the necessary technical capabilities for fast pipe laying and the oil ministry has registered a record of laying 150 kilometers of gas pipelines in 90 days."

Concerning economic and trade ties between the two countries, Abdollahian stressed that bilateral ties have expanded noticeably thanks to the satisfactory conduct of the joint commission and the supreme joint commission presided by the foreign ministers.

The supreme joint commission includes eleven regional foreign ministers as well as a large number of experts, officials and private sector representatives in different fields of economy, trade and investment, the Islamic republic news agency reported.

Touching on the commercial exchange level between Iran and Bahrain, Abdollahian said that currently it stands at 200 million dollars.

Referring to the recent Israeli onslaught against Gaza, the envoy said that the Zionists' invasion of the Palestinian area proved that many of the concepts in the development of the Middle East have been changed and that new players have entered the scene.

Noting that Iran feels proud for its support for the Palestinian and Lebanese nations, Abdollahian termed Hezbollah and Hamas as new players in the region.

Abdollahian also expressed his view on Egypt's role in the region, arguing, "I believe Egypt has a great deal of potentials and capacities and should play its historical role in the region sooner, rather than later."