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13:49 | 2012-09-02


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Guinea Bissau: Iran's Presidency Heralds Progress for NAM

TEHRAN (FNA)- Guinea Bissau's President Raimundo Pereira praised Iran's hosting of the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran, and expressed the hope that the new movement leader would bring about positive changes to the cause of the bloc.

Speaking in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here in Tehran on Saturday, President Pereira referred to the successful meeting of the NAM in Tehran, and said he is confident that the movement will witness effective progress under Iran's chairmanship.

Pereira noted the growing ties between the two nations, and called for the promotion of mutual cooperation in different fields of agriculture, medicine, commerce and infra-structure affairs.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for his part, referred to the friendly and brotherly relations between Iran and Guinea Bissau and called for expansion of cooperation and all-out ties.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran is ready to develop its ties with Guinea Bissau in different fields, adding that development of relations and cooperation with the country is an unchangeable principle supported by Iranian officials and government.

He also underlined necessity of forming joint economic commission between the two countries and considering capacities and fields of cooperation in this commission.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration has striven hard to maximize relations with the African continent.

Iran is also an observing member of the AU and has shown an active presence in previous AU summit meetings.

The country is considered as one of the AU's strategic partners along with India, Japan, China, several South American states and Turkey, while Tehran is also believed to be prioritizing promotion of its economic and political ties with the African states.