Iran Welcomes Establishment of Relations with Eritrea

A02328903.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian Foreign Minister, in a meeting with the special envoy of the Eritrean President Isaias Afworki here on Tuesday, welcomed the other sides’ proposal for the establishment of mutual ties.

A statement released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau said that during the meeting, Mottaki also voiced pleasure in the opening of Eritrean embassy in Tehran, and reminded that the Islamic Republic has always supported the campaigns and struggles of the Eritrean nation and recognized its independence.

He also stated that the two countries enjoy abundant and various potentials for cooperation in the economic sector, and proposed to Iran’s private companies to implement different projects in Eritrea, given their proper experiences and possibilities.

Noting regional developments, the top diplomat stated that the current developments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon indicate the incorrectness of the US policies for the region, and further stressed the need for the adoption of a new strategy in conformity with the existing realities.

For his part, Eritrean President’s special envoy to Tehran said that his country is seeking to set political relations with Iran, open an embassy in Tehran and start economic, political and international cooperation with the Islamic Republic.

He further stated that Iran enjoys valuable experiences in different grounds, and said his country intends to utilize all the existing possibilities in order to start and develop relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Abduhegi said that the dispatch of a delegation formed of the representatives from Eritrea’s different ministries could be a proper start for exploring expansion of ties.

He also submitted to Mottaki, a written message from the Eritrean president addressed to president Ahmadinejad.

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