FM: Iran-Yemen Relations Ushered in New Era

A02776372.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said his country and Yemen have entered a new chapter in relations between the two countries.

“The political and geographical significance of Iran and Yemen in the region and the historical commonalties of the two nations and beliefs have opened new perspectives to both of us,” Mottaki was quoted by press tv as saying at a joint press conference with his Yemeni counterpart Abu Bakr al-Qurbi.

“We are making plans to hold a summit between the two countries’ heads of state,” the top Iranian diplomat noted after explaining that there would be meetings between deputy ministers and ministers of both countries prior to the summit.

Both countries will hold a joint economic commission session in Tehran in the near future, the Iranian minister said, adding that the exact date would be discussed and agreed by the two sides.

The Yemeni commerce minister will make a trip to Tehran, he said without giving the exact date for the visit.

He stressed that academic, communicational, cultural and educational relations between the two countries were discussed by the foreign ministers of the two countries.

Regarding regional issues, Mottaki reiterated that Yemen and Iran strongly condemn atrocities committed by the Zionist regime against Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip.

He further expressed Tehran’s support for Yemeni efforts to bring about enduring reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah in Palestine.

The Yemeni foreign minister, for his part, said Yemen will continue its efforts to work out reconciliation between the two Palestinian factions.

“We and Iran are in the same front in fighting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, in full knowledge that terrorism is not related to any religion; rather, it is borne of multiple factors,” al-Qubri noted.

Iran and Yemen also proposed a fund to be established by rich member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to alleviate hardships facing poor Muslims, he added.

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