Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in a meeting with his Niger counterpart Aichatou Mindaoudou voiced the Islamic Republic’s preparedness to host ambassador of that country in Tehran. The issue was raised during a meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday on the sidelines of the 34th ministerial meeting of the member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), a statement released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau reported.
Also during the meeting, the two sides reached several agreements to consolidate mutual relations between the two countries.
The Niger foreign minister pointed to occasional droughts and shortage of water in her country, and added, “Considering Niger’s 12 million population, the previous OIC ministerial meeting decided to render cooperation to our country in this regard.”
She also said that Qatar has accepted to host a meeting on June 12 and 13 to collect help for the extraction of underground water to solve the problem of water shortage in Niger.
The top diplomat also pointed to Iran’s capabilities and potentials in the excavation and extraction of oil, and further voiced her country’s enthusiasm for launching cooperation with Iran in the said ground.
The Iranian foreign minister, for his part, noted Iran’s 100-year-long experience in the oil industry, and said that the two sides would continue talks and exchange of views to explore avenues of cooperation in the oil sector.
Mottaki also said that the two sides can launch cooperation in the extraction of water, considering Iran’s technical and executive potentials and capabilities in dam construction, extraction of water resources and other related areas.