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13:27 | 2009-12-12

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Iranian FM Meets Djiboutian President

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki held a meeting with Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh and discussed regional and international developments as well as other issues of mutual interest.

During the meeting, Mottaki referred to the wrong policies pursued by the former US administration in the Middle and Near East regions, and reiterated, "Those policies not only did not uproot terrorism and extremism in the region, but also further aggravated the dimensions of both in Iraq and in Afghanistan."

Pointing out the Islamic Republic of Iran's main priority in foreign policy of proximity with the African countries and both countries' presidents' expressed will for expansion of ties, Mottaki referred to the good potentials of the Iranian private sector for making investments in Djibouti's development, industrial, agricultural, technical, and scientific fields.

Turning to the Middle East issue, he said that the solution to the Palestinian issue is merely materializing of the Palestinian nation's entire human and natural rights.

President Guelleh, too, expressed delight over the expanding trend of the two countries' relations, saying, "Holding dialogues and consultations between the two countries' top officials in various fields in which Iran and Djibouti can have cooperation is a dire need."

The Djiboutian leader proposed that the Iranian construction and service offering firms would assist Djibouti in economic activities along his country's coasts."

The two sides also surveyed fields for political, economic and cultural cooperation, in line with pursuing the agreements made during President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's last year state visit to Djibouti.

Meantime, President Guelleh and Mottaki in the meeting reviewed the latest regional developments in Africa, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Djiboutian president stressed need for materializing the Palestinian nation's full citizenship and human rights through imposing international emphasis, consultations and pressure.

The Iranian foreign minister visited the unfinished building of Djibouti's Parliament Palace and talked to a number of Iranian investors in that country during the day-long visit.