Kenyan President Calls on West to Avoid Threatening Iran

A031190653.jpgKenyan President Mwai Kibaki underlined Tehran’s right to possess civilian nuclear technology, describing West’s threats against Iran as illogical and unacceptable. “All countries are entitled to possess peaceful nuclear technology and use of threat and language of force is an illogical and unacceptable policy,” Kibaki said in a meeting with the visiting Iranian Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki on Tuesday, where he received a message from his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Kenyan president appreciated Ahmadinejad’s message, and said his country was pleased with its cordial ties with the Islamic republic, describing Iran as a great country.

Noting Iran’s peaceful nuclear programs, he said, “All countries are entitled to the right to use modern technologies to improve the life of their people.”

Kibaki also viewed West’s resort to the language of force and threat against the Islamic Republic as an illogical and unacceptable policy, and said, “Instead of using the language of threat, it is better to emphasize the positive aspects of these technologies.”

He also expressed pleasure in the activity of the Iranian companies in Kenya, and underlined the necessity for providing such companies with their needed facilities in a bid to support and reinvigorate their presence and activities in that country.

For his part, the Iranian foreign minister viewed the two countries’ relations as significant, and voiced Tehran’s preparedness to further expand mutual ties with Kenya.

Mottaki further pointed to the significant position of Africa in international relations, and described Kenya as the entrance gate to east Africa, reiterating that activity of Iranian companies in Kenya’s different economic sectors indicates the significance and value Iran attaches to its relations with Kenya.

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