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Iran and Qatar hold first round of summit talks

Tehran, May 2, IRNA -Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and visiting Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin-Khalifa al-Thani emphasized need for ever improving the level of bilateral ties, while asking for improving regional peace and security.

According to the Press Affairs Bureau of the IRI Presidential Office, the two countries' leaders made the shared comment during the meeting between high ranking delegations of the two countries.

President Ahmadinejad referred to the existence of strong cultural, historic, and religious bonds between the two neighboring countries, stressing, "There are still lots of unused potentials for further boosting bilateral cooperation."

He expressed hope that the state visit of Emir of Qatar of Iran and the establishment of the two countries' Joint Cooperation Commission would lead to further strengthening the Tehran-Doha ties.

The President said that the Persian Gulf littoral states enjoy the required competence for ensuring peace and stability in the region, adding that Iran was ready for establishment of bilateral cooperation with Doha and other regional countries in that respect.

Ahmadinejad stressed, "The presence of foreign forces in the region is a factor leading to emergence of crises and instability, therefore, in order to establish lasting peace and stability, they have to leave the region as soon as possible."

Emir of Qatar, too, appreciated the warm welcome of the Iranian officials rendered to him and his accompanying delegation, reiterating, Qatar attaches great importance to broadening and strengthening of ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran as a very important country in the region in all possible fields."

He expressed hoe that his visit would help expand and deepen the two countries ties.

Sheikh Hamad bin-Khalifa Al-Thani also considered the maintenance and strengthening of the foundations of peace and stability in the region as a "shared responsibility of all Persian Gulf littoral countries, announcing his country's readiness to cooperate with Iran and other regional countries in that respect.

The Emir of Qatar at the end of the first round of talks with Iranian officials invited President Ahmadinejad to pay a state visit to his country.

Al-Thani, heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, arrived at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport this afternoon on a two-day visit and was welcomed by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

During his stay in Tehran, Sheikh Al-Thani will confer with Iranian officials on expansion of mutual ties, various international issues as well as Iraq and Palestine.

Documents on customs agreement, several memoranda of understanding (MoU) on tourism, fishery, establishment of standard bureaus, cooperation between chambers of commerce, production of joint radio and television programs are expected to be signed between the two countries during the Qatari Emir's visit.

Meanwhile, the two sides will discuss and sign an MoU on establishing a joint trade council between the chambers of commerce of the two states and an MoU on the 5th joint cooperation commission meeting.

The fifth Iran-Qatar Cooperation Commission meeting opened in Tehran on Saturday and was presided over jointly by Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Qatari deputy foreign minister, Ahmad in Abdullah al-Mahmoud.

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