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Iranian President sets off for Malaysia

Tehran, March 1, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left Tehran for Kuala Lumpur Wednesday morning for an official three-day visit.

Ahmadinejad, heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, was seen off at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport by the head of the Supreme Leader's Office, Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammadi Golpaygani, First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi and a number of ministers.

Talking to reporters, the president said his trip to Malaysia was aimed at discussing bilateral, regional and international developments.

"Iran and Malaysia enjoy broad ties and great, common viewpoints on regional and international issues and share several common interests.

"The two sides, as two influential countries in the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), have good bilateral cooperation," he said.

The president, moreover, said that his visit was taking place at the invitation of the Malaysian sultan and prime minister, adding that "Tehran and Kuala Lumpur have had good cooperation in the economic, industrial, transport, telecommunications, oil and gas fields."

"There are no limits to the scope of bilateral ties," he added.

Ahmadinejad disclosed that the two sides will be signing several agreements for expansion of cooperation in the field of economy and other areas during this visit.

"Iran and Malaysia have a fertile ground for cooperation in Asia and for pursuing common goals in the Islamic world.

"The two sides need to bolster their bilateral and multilateral cooperation in order to strengthen their economic and political bonds in the Islamic world within the framework of the OIC.

"They should both seriously work for sustainable peace and tranquility based on justice and spirituality," the president said.

He was optimistic his visit would turn a page in the two countries' development.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Mohammad Saeedi-Kia and Minister of Cooperatives Mohammad Nazemi Ardekani are accompanying Ahmadinejad in this Malaysian visit.

The Iranian foreign minister, who is currently on the last day of a visit to Japan, is scheduled to join the Iranian delegation in Kuala Lumpur.

Iran and Malaysia signed 16 agreements and documents for cooperation in recent years which have raised the level of bilateral ties particularly in the fields of trade, economy and investment.

Malaysia currently heads two important international organizations -- the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) with 114 member states and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) with 57.

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