Kuwait city, Nov 25, IRNA - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki heading a delegation arrived in Kuwait city on Saturday evening and was welcomed by his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Muhammad Sabah al-Salim al-Sabah.
Mottaki told IRNA the aim of his 2-day visit to Kuwait is to discuss bilateral ties and the ways of expanding mutual cooperation, as well as regional and international issues with Kuwaiti officials.
Mottaki said, "In the past two years, officials of both countries have had meetings in the capitals of each other as well as on the sidelines of the regional and international meetings and have expressed their intention to expand cooperation in all fields." He continued, "Insecurity in Iraq has affected Iran and Kuwait more than any other countries, so consultation on Iraq situation is on the agenda of the visit."
A collective cooperation between Iran and members of Persian Gulf Cooperation Council are among other issues to be discussed with Kuwaiti officials, Mottaki said.
Kuwait Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Muhammad Sabah al-Salim al-Sabah expressed pleasure over visit of Iran's delegation to Kuwait and underlined that development and strengthening ties between the two countries are the intention of Kuwaiti emir and Iran's president.
Mottaki is scheduled to meet with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah, National Assembly Speaker Jassem al-Kharafi and his counterpart Sheikh Muhammad Sabah al-Salim al-Sabah.
According to Foreign Ministry Media Department report on Saturday, Mottaki submitted President Ahmadinejad's message to Sultan Qaboos and said, "Iran's president view on Tehran-Muscat ties is positive, and the president emphasizes the implementation of the existing agreements between the two countries."
He added, "Iran wants to promote economic ties to the level of good political ties between the two countries."
Concerning cooperation between International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mottaki said, "We responded to all questions posed by the IAEA transparently and the agency reported that Iran has had no deviation on its nuclear program, so we hope that the dossier will return to the IAEA again and be followed up through the channel of IAEA."
The visiting foreign minister also explained Iran's stance on Iraq development, Lebanon problem and the issue of Palestine.
Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed thanked President Ahmadinejad for his friendly message and said ties between the two countries come from deep, sincerely and friendly feelings between the two nations and governments.
Expressing pleasure over constant consultations between the high ranking officials of both countries, Sultan Qaboos said, "We believe that political and economic ties should be promoted in a balanced way."
By explaining Oman's view on Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine issues, Sultan called Iran's role on regional problems 'constructive and important'.
Concerning cooperation between Iran and IAEA, he stressed " We are pleased over cooperation trend between Iran and IAEA and we consider the results as 'positive'.
Speaking upon arrival in Tehran on Saturday, Haddad Adel said in his visit bilateral relations, Iran's stance on nuclear issue, the effects of pararegional powers' influence in the caucasus and Persian Gulf regions were discussed.
Haddad told reporters, "Iran has donated a language laboratory for teaching the Persian language, computers and hardware to communicate with Iran's libraries and have access to Iranian books in the Azerbaijan Republic."
The majlis speaker added, "It was decided in this trip that Foreign Ministry, through Iran's embassy in Baku, prepare facilities for Azeri pilgrims to Imam Reza holy shrine (AS) and also Azeri hajis who travel through Iran to Mecca."
Haddad added, "Scholarships have been granted to Azeri students who wish to complete their Ph.D or masters degrees in the Persian language."
The majlis speaker said, "During my visit to the Azerbaijan Republic, I exchanged views with Azeri president, prime minister and parliament speaker about bilateral relations."
He added he had invited his Azeri counterpart to pay a visit to Iran."
Baku University granted an honorary doctorate degree to Iran's majlis speaker during this visit.
Haddad also visited the tomb of Nezami Ganjavi, a Persian language poet, in the city of Ganje and the 'King Abbas Mosque' as a historical site there.
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