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19:17 | 2009-08-15

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Iranian Interior Minister to Visit Qatar

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Interior Minister is slated to visit Qatar in the near future, a senior ministry official announced on Saturday.

The Interior Ministry's Director-General for International Affairs Ahmad Hosseini announced that the visit by Sadeq Mahsouli would take place at the formal invitation of his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Hosseini stressed that the visit would help expand the two countries' relations, and added, "The Islamic Republic of Iran is in pursuit of an expansion of all-out ties between Tehran and Doha."

Hosseini who made the remarks in a meeting with Qatari Director-General for International Cooperation Saud Abdollah Zaid Al Mahmoud here in Tehran on Saturday, also underlined the visit to Tehran by the Qatari delegation served further bolstering of mutual cooperation between the two Persian Gulf littoral states.

The Iranian official also pointed out that the two sides have wrapped up negotiations over a draft security pact between Iran and Qatar, and added, "The visit (by the Qatari delegation) is very important to us. After the security pact is signed, a joint committee will be formed by the two interior ministries in a bid to implement it."

Commenting on the security pact, Hosseini mentioned, "The two sides pursue common views over the contents of the agreement in general, and they consider it as a proper ground for bolstering the two countries' interactions and promoting the level of their cooperation."