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UAE President asks for broader relations with Iran

Abu Dhabi, Oct 6, IRNA-UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin-Zayed an-Nahyan on Wednesday asked for expanding his country's ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran "as far as possible." According to IRNA correspondent in Abu Dhabi, the UAE President made the comment in a meeting with visiting IRI Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in Emirates' Al-Ain City.

He emphasized, "Keeping in mind current developments in the region it is necessary to maintain constant consultations among neighboring countries, aimed at seeking peaceful solutions to problems and boosting regional security.

Iran's Foreign Minister, too, during the meeting felicitated the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan to the UAE President and expressed Tehran's satisfaction over the existence of an atmosphere of cooperation between the two countries.

Mottaki added, "The new Iranian government is determined to expand friendly ties with all neighboring countries as a top priority." The leading role of the Iranian president and the UAE high ranking officials in determining the level of bilateral ties and cooperation as the manifestation of the two nations' will in strengthening comprehensive ties, too, was stressed by Mottaki.

The Iranian Foreign Minister referred to the key role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in safeguarding regional security, saying, According to Article Eight of the UN Resolution 598, Iran plays a decisive role in ensuring regional security."

He added, "We hope to be able to provide a practical and constructive framework for the purpose through close and continuous consultation with neighboring countries."

Touching on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, Mottaki reiterated, "Relying on Iranian scientists perseverance and Iran's blossoming scientific knowhow, the Iranians have initiated an indigenous nuclear technology that is needless of reliance on foreigners."

He added, "Iran's peaceful nuclear technology would thus be at the service of the country's further scientific blossoming, as well as more advanced and well-off living standards for the Iranians, and such objectives are Iran's natural rights that cannot be abandoned." He added, "Iran's transparent cooperation with the (International Atomic Energy) Agency (IAEA) and the IRI President's initiative proposals put forth in New York in order to encourage the Europeans to be partners in Iran's peaceful nuclear activities were best trust-building measures adopted by Iran."

Also present at the meeting, there were the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and UAE's Deputy Chief of Staff Sheikh Muhammad bin-Zayed, UAE's Deputy Prime Minister and Consultant Minister in Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamdan bin-Zayed and a number of other high ranking UAE officials, as well as Iran's ambassador to Emirates Mohammad-Ali Hadi and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Managing Director of Persian Gulf Affairs Mostafa Foumani.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Manouchehr Mottaki arrived in UAE's Al-Ain City, 140 kilometers from Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday night on the fourth and last leg of his regional tour.

Mottaki had earlier visited Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman, and was scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia after UAE, which was delayed to a later occasion due to some protocol concerns.

Mottaki's tornado round trip was the new Iranian Foreign Minister's first tour of regional countries, and a sign of President Ahmadinejad's cabinet's will to boost regional ties as a top priority.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has labeled the Persian Gulf region as the "Peace and friendship zone."

Islamic Republic of Iran's ties with the Persian Gulf region countries improved drastically during the recent years and according to informed Iranian officials Mottaki's recent regional tour was aimed at further trust building, boosting regional cooperation, and setting the foundation of a regional security status.

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