Tehran Ready to Expand Ties with Manama

A03322167.jpgIran’s ambassador to Manama voiced his country’s preparedness to develop relations with Bahrain. Speaking to reporters during a press conference in Manama on Friday, Hossein Amir Abdollahian further stressed Tehran’s respect for the national sovereignty of all countries, including the Persian Gulf littoral states.

He also pointed out that Iran and Bahrain have agreed on the formation of a high committee of cooperation to be presided by the two countries’ foreign ministers, and voiced Tehran’s enthusiasm for consolidating economic cooperation with Bahrain through starting talks on free trade zones.

The Iranian envoy also told reporters that during his recent meeting with the Bahraini king, he had found Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa firmly determined to expand and deepen ties and cooperation with Iran in all the different political, economic and cultural areas.

“Malik Hamad stressed the two countries’ commonalities, and said that they can provide proper grounds for the expansion and deepening of the two countries’ relations,” he said, adding that Bahraini prime minister and crown prince are also decisive to develop ties with Iran.

“The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Ahmadinejad is also eager to develop and deepen Iran’s ties with all the regional countries, Bahrain in particular,” the envoy said, adding that he would strive to increase the number of meetings between the two countries’ senior officials in future.

Abdollahian further pointed to the dispatch of an ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary by Iran to Bahrain as an indication of the profound ties existing between the two states.

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