Comoros Seeks Deepening of Cooperation with Iran

Comorian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ben Sa’id Jaffar said that his visit to Tehran is aimed at deepening of cooperation, adding that he is conveying a message from his president to the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Speaking to reporters during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki here on Wednesday, Jaffar appreciated the Iranian nation and officials for participating in the developmental projects of his country.

He said his visit to Tehran is aimed at the deepening and bolstering of cooperation, defining new projects and joint ventures and pursuit of previous agreements and projects underway.

Jaffar noted the two countries’ more than two centuries of close ties and cooperation, saying that Comoros seeks to revive the quality of the two sides’ age-old ties.

He pointed to the two countries’ shared ideals in connection with the Islamic civilization, and said, “We welcome the Islamic Republic’s aspirations for having a wider presence and enhanced activity in different world regions to assist countries with development, and we are ready to increase our cooperation with Iran in this ground.”

Referring to the two countries’ different projects in areas of agriculture, health, fishery and road construction, Jaffar said during his talks with Mottaki that the two sides have discussed promotion and boosting of cooperation in the said grounds.

He also noted establishment of a clinic by Iran’s Red Crescent Society in one of his country’s towns and opening of an office by Iran’s Agricultural Jihad Ministry and another office by Imam Khomeini Relief and Aid Committee in the Comoros’ capital, and said, “These exchanges are increasing.”

The minister also mentioned that he and Mottaki have also agreed on the construction of oil reserve tanks in his country for the re-export of Iran’s oil to other countries.

He said counterterrorist efforts and plans also comprised a part of his agreements with Mottaki.

Jaffar expressed hope that the two sides’ cooperation would boost in all areas in future, and stressed that his country aims to enjoy Iran’s precious experiences.

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