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16:56 | 2009-12-11


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FM Calls on States to Avoid Interference in Yemen's Internal Affairs

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Thursday that all should back the territorial integrity as well as national unity of Yemen and no one should interfere in the country's domestic affairs.

Mottaki made the remark in a meeting with his Sudanese counterpart Deng Alor Kuol on Thursday.

Yemen is located in a very sensitive region, he said, adding that the population of Yemen is equal to half of populations of seven Arab countries.

Existing ties between Iran and Yemen are very good, Mottaki was quoted by the Islamic republic news agency as saying.

"We do our best to restore stability, tranquility and solidarity to the country," Mottaki added.

Iran and Sudan have had very sincere relations over the past thirty years and Iran spares no efforts to deepen ties with the country, the Iranian minister noted.

Mottaki said that he had held constructive talks with his Sudanese counterpart, adding that during the talks the two sides reviewed agreements already signed by the two sides' presidents on expansion and bolstering of bilateral cooperation.

He said some Iranian companies are now active in energy sector in Sudan.

The ground for expansion of animal husbandry in Sudan has been prepared for Iranian investors, he said.

Ongoing developments in Somali is a major concern for Iran and Sudan, Mottaki said, adding that the two sides have underlined the need for restoration of tranquility and promotion of peace in Somalia.

Mottaki and his Sudanese counterpart reviewed regional developments particularly those in the Middle East region.

Iran wishes success and prosperity for the Sudanese government and nation prior to the country's election, Mottaki said.

The Iranian foreign minister also extended an invitation to his Sudanese counterpart to pay an official visit to Iran and hoped to witness developing ties between the two countries.

Mottaki arrived in Khartoum late Wednesday night at the official invitation of his Sudanese counterpart.

Mottaki is scheduled to confer with top Sudanese officials on mutual ties as well as regional developments.