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Bahrain's King happy with positive trend in Iran ties

Kuwait City, Oct 5, IRNA-Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa in Manama on Tuesday praised the positive trend in bilateral ties with Iran in all fields. At a meeting with the visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, the King conveyed his warm greetings to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and wished progress for the Iranian government and nation.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways of further boosting bilateral relations as well as key regional and international developments, including Palestine and Iraq.

Mottaki, at a similar meeting with Bahraini Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, said his consultations with senior Bahraini officials were taking place within the political agenda of the government of President Ahmadinejad which gives priority to expanding ties with neighboring states.

The minister took the occasion to laud Bahraini businessmen and firms for investing in Iran and called for serious implementation of agreements and contacts already signed by the two sides.

"The Iranian government is decisively sending out the message that support for Bahrain's security, development and dignity would be the same as support for those of Iran," Mottaki said.

He pointed to Iran's stance on Iraqi developments and said, "Insecurity and instability in Iraq will stand as obstacles in the way of a speedy handover of power to the nation and will delay establishment of a democratic government."

Referring to Iran's nuclear activities, he said, "Iran's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and based on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regulations.

"The safeguards regime established by the NPT gives rights and responsibilities to all signatories without distinction. Iran looks at both sides of the NPT provisions."

The Bahraini premier, for his part, assessed as "positive" relations between Tehran and Manama and said regular exchange of visits between the two sides' officials will help consolidate ties.

He said Bahrain supports Iranian efforts to defend and promote its national interests and praised President Ahmadinejad's initiative toward closer ties and consultations between regional governments.

He said his country supports efforts to restore security in Iraq and unity for Iraqis and is concerned over the continuing unrest in that country.

He urged continued consultations between Iranian and Bahraini officials and said the two countries will continue to play a crucial role in the restoration of regional security and stability.

During a separate meeting of the Iranian foreign minister and his Bahraini counterpart, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa, the two sides discussed ways of further boosting bilateral relations.

The Bahraini minister, lauding Iran's decisive role in regional developments, said his country considered Iran's right to access technology to promote national interests as an absolute right.

Bahrain finds Iran's transparent cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) positive, he added.

Mottaki referred to Iran's key role in the establishment of security in the region, and said, "In accordance with Article 8 of Resolution 598 of the UN Security Council, the Islamic Republic plays an important role in establishing collective security in the region." "We hope we can devise more constructive strategies to secure peace in the region through friendly discussions with regional states."

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