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12/21/03

Iran President officially welcomes Kyrgyz counterpart

President Mohammad Khatami on Sunday officially welcomed his Kyrgyz counterpart Askar Akayev who arrived here Saturday night on a two-day visit to explore avenues for promoting political, economic and cultural relations, IRNA reported from Tehran.

A number of senior Kyrgyz and Iranian officials attended a special ceremony held at Sa'dabad Cultural Complex to welcome Akayev who heads a high-ranking political and economic delegation.

During the ceremony, the national anthems of the two countries were played and the presidents reviewed a guard of honor.

Beside his counterpart, Akayev is scheduled to meet with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, his Iranian counterpart, Head of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as well as Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi.

During his stay, Iran and Kyrgyzstan are to sign cultural and artistic, trade and construction agreements as well as documents to set up Iran's permanent exhibition in Bishkek.

Ministers of transportation and communication, of foreign affairs, of foreign trade and industry, of education and culture and deputy finance minister are accompanying the Kyrgyz president.

Khatami: No obstacles on further promoting ties with Kyrgyzstan

President Mohammad Khatami on Sunday termed as growing the ties with Kyrgyzstan and said no obstacles existed on further promoting mutual relations.

Addressing reporters at the conclusion of a ceremony to officially welcome Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev to Tehran, he voiced Iran's readiness to export scientific and engineering services to Kyrgyzstan.

He described as unsatisfactory the level of relations and the volume of economic and trade exchanges between the two countries and said they were lower than what the potentials of the two countries would permit.

The president further blamed the slow bureaucratic procedures between the two countries as a problem they faced in expanding relations and pointing to his last year's visit to Kyrgyzstan, noted that exchanging visits between the officials indicated their will to expand relations in all areas.

Khatami also remarked that the agreements between the two countries on different issues would open up new chapters in the mutual relations.

Responding to the question of an IRNA correspondent on the future prospect of Tehran-Bishkek ties and the objective of his visit to Iran, Akayev, too, said his country attached special importance to expanding ties with Iran and has been working in the past decade to pave the way for such promotion.

He pointed to the historical ties between the two countries and promised that, as the president of Kyrgyzstan, he would do his best to consolidate the bases of friendship between the two countries.

Terming the last year visit of Iranian president to his country as an important step towards speeding up mutual relations, he expressed hope that the documents signed by the two countries so far as well as the ones to be signed during his stay in Tehran would facilitate expansion of ties.

Akayev further described President Khatami as a very influential politician and said he would seek his opinions on international issues in his meetings with the president.

President Mohammad Khatami officially welcomed Akayev on Sunday morning.

He arrived here Saturday night on a two-day visit to explore avenues for promoting political, economic and cultural relations.

A number of senior Kyrgyz and Iranian officials attended a special ceremony held at Sa'dabad Cultural Complex to welcome Akayev who heads a high-ranking political and economic delegation.

Beside his counterpart, Akayev is scheduled to meet with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Head of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as well as Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi.

During his stay, Iran and Kyrgyzstan are to sign cultural and artistic, trade and construction agreements as well as documents to set up Iran's permanent exhibition in Bishkek.

The ministers of transportation and communication, foreign affairs, foreign trade and industry, education and culture and the deputy finance minister are accompanying the Kyrgyz president.

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