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New page turned in Iran-Bahrain ties: Iranian FM

TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (ISNA)-Iran's foreign minister visited the Bahraini prime minister Sheikh Khalifah Bin-Salman Al Khalifah during his trip in this country and the two sides talked over ways to expand bilateral ties.

Manouchehr Mottaki expressed hope that establishment of Iran-Bahrain joint cooperation commission will make fruitful results for both sides and help economic ties be increased.

Iran's president recent trip to Bahrain has made a new page in Tehran-Manama transactions, Mottaki noted while stressing the two sides should raise commercial ties through issuing visas easily for businessmen and industrial owners.

He also pointed to the mutual current economic transactions which is about 200 million dollars while expressing hope that this amount to be reached up to one billion dollars over the next year.

Mottaki highlighted the 35 singed joint cooperation agreements in all fields and said Iran-Bahrain ties will be a pattern for other countries.

He also suggested Bahraini companies invest in the construction of hotels and tourism industry in Iran especially in holy cities and also in economic fields such as establishing factories and exporting their products to Bahrain and other countries.

Bahraini prime minister for his part announced his country is ready to expand its relations with Iran and said strengthening bilateral ties will create stability and peace in the region.

Iran and Bahrain will firmly resist against those power aiming at creating doubts over Tehran-Manama ties, he said.

Sheikh Khalifah Bin-Salman Al Khalifah also stressed on boosting mutual ties in all fields and added that negotiations of the two sides over the ways for putting the gas project into practice will lead to positive effects.

Larijani meets Amr Mousa in Cairo

TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (ISNA)-Iran's former top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani met the Secretary General of Arab League Amr Mousa in Cairo to exchange views on Iran and Arab states' bilateral ties and mutual interests in the region and the world.

Larijani during the meeting touched on Iran's nuclear issue and reiterated that due to the county's good cooperation with the IAEA there is no legal justification to hold the dossier in the Security Council.

Over Iraq, he noted that Tehran has always stressed on empowering an elected and official Iraqi government and would go through negotiating with the U.S. with the purpose of serving Iraqi nation interests and aiding their government.

Meanwhile, Amr Mousa pointed to the large number of common factors between Iran and Arab states and emphasized that the sides should start more cooperation and keep on negotiating en route to accomplishing their mutual objectives.

He added that due to the region's situation, strengthening and broadening relations between Iran and the Arab league would be necessary and useful.

Amr Mousa before had supported Iran's peaceful nuclear program asserting "the Arab League's stance considering Iran's cooperation with the IAEA ... is that there is no legal and political justification for the Security Council measures and the place to observe Iran's nuclear activities is the IAEA."

Talebani's recent remarks tighten Iran-Iraq ties: Mottaki

TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (ISNA)-The Iraqi president's remarks yesterday over Algiers agreement will strengthen Iran-Iraq ties, Iran's foreign minister said in a joint news conference with his Omani counterpart Yusuf Bin-al-Alawi.

"Algiers agreement, upon international documents, was signed between Iraq and Iran and it can not be nullified unilaterally," Jalal Talebani said yesterday.

After Saddam Hussein was removed from power Iran has always welcomed boosting relation and cooperation with Iraq and believes mutual friendly transactions are beneficial for both sides, Manouchehr Mottaki added.

The volume of Iran's current cooperation with Persian Gulf neighboring states has reached about twenty billion dollars possible to be lifted up to fifty billion dollars, he noted.

Iran and its southern neighbors plan to make a joint investment to create a development in their economic cooperation, Mottaki said.

Iran and Oman's constructive ties certified by finalized security and mutual agreements demonstrate their deep friendly ties, he added.

Iran and UAE companies cooperate over energy

TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (ISNA)-Iranian companies will cooperate with Dubai's Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) over producing and transferring water and electricity in this country, Iran's ambassador to the UAE said.

Hamid Reza Asefi visited and talked to the managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer and announced Iranian companies are ready to share their experiences over different aspects of energy industry with this organization.

Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer for his part welcomed water and electricity cooperation between Iranian companies and those of the UAE while noting that Iranian's experiences in different fields will be received warmly by Dubai's authority.

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