Ahmadinejad stresses expansion of ties with Djibouti

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Tuesday stressed the importance of bolstering ties with Djibouti in all fields.

His remarks were made at a farewell ceremony held Tuesday for departing Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who arrived in Tehran on Saturday accompanied by a high-ranking politico-economic delegation.

President Guelleh and his entourage left Tehran for the historical city of Isfahan in central Iran Tuesday morning and from there will return to his home country.

Speaking at a joint press conference before the farewell ceremony, Ahmadinejad said Guelleh’s visit was a “turning point” in bilateral relations.

“Ties between Iran and Djibouti are new and have no historical background but they are very good and are on the upward trend,” he said.

He said Tehran and Djibouti have similar stances in several political, cultural, regional and international issues.

“During good talks held with the Djiboutian president, we reached good agreements to promote joint ventures and cooperation in various energy fields.”
Ahmadinejad further said that the two countries will have close cooperation at the international level in the interest of defending their two nations’ interests and promoting security and justice.

“We will strive to implement agreements already signed by our two states as well as those reached during the current visit (of President Guelleh).”
Guelleh, for his part, assessed his talks with his Iranian counterpart and other senior officials of the country as “very constructive.”
He praised the high level of cooperation of the two countries, highlighting their similar stances on regional and international issues and joint determination to defend each other’s interests.

While in Tehran, the Djiboutian president held talks with President Ahmadinejad, Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar and Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh

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