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Iran, UAE stress expansion of ties

Tehran, Feb 18, IRNA - The visiting UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and Iran's First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi on Monday underscored the need for further expansion of bilateral relations.

Expressing his satisfaction with the current visit to Tehran of al-Maktoum, Davoudi said the two countries share many cultural commonalties.

Such common points would lead to promotion of all-out bilateral relations, he said, adding that expansion of mutual ties would benefit both states and all regional countries.

The Iranian vice-president lauded the UAE's stand regarding Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

By inviting foreign countries to participate in construction of nuclear power plants in Iran, the Islamic Republic has once again proved to the world the peaceful nature of its nuclear program, he reiterated.

For his part, the UAE premier said, Iran-UAE relation is a good pattern for other regional states.

Praising Iran's scientific progress, he said there are great potentials in both friendly countries for further expansion of ties.

Al-Maktoum reiterated that Iran's nuclear activities enjoy peaceful nature.

Al-Maktoum, heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation arrived in Tehran on Monday.

During his stay in Tehran, al-Maktoum is to meet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Vice-President Davoudi and several other senior officials.

Economic relations, joint investment, export of electricity and avenues to boost trade are major issues on the agenda of talks between al-Maktoum and senior Iranian officials.

Al-Maktoum is the highest UAE official visiting Iran after victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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