Iran gives priority to ties with Africa

Aug 06, 2006 02:00 AM

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran attaches high significance to ties with African and Muslim states, including Senegal.
"The Iranian government supports all-out expansion of Tehran-Dakar ties," said Ahmadinejad in a meeting with Senegalese Prime Minister Macky Sall.

Ahmadinejad said the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared to conduct energy and industrial projects in Senegal.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is also ready to share expertise with Senegal in different sectors, including the establishment of refinery," added the president.

Submitting a special message from Senegalese President A. Wade to Ahmadinejad at the meeting, Sall invited the Iranian president to pay an official visit to Senegal.
Sall called on Iran to implement earlier agreements, especially those in the energy sector, refinery establishment and manpower training, as well as meeting fuel shortage of power plants.

He said the Senegalese government and people have always been supporting stances of Iranian officials, particularly those of President Ahmadinejad, in support for rights of Muslims, the oppressed Palestinian nation, and Islamic resistance in Lebanon.
He added that Dakar supports Iran's inalienable right to peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Source: IRNA
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