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Special committee to study Ahmadinejad's offers to PGCC

MANAMA, Bahrain, Jan. 29 (Mehr News Agency) - Bahraini Deputy Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Mubarak declared on Wednesday that a special team has been formed in the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council to study Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's offers for comprehensive cooperation between Iran and the PGCC members.

Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Mubarak made these remarks in a meeting with a group of Iranian journalists who are on a tour of Bahrain. The journalists are accompanied by Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini.

He said President Ahmadinejad wrote a separate letter to Bahrain's emir for following up the suggestions.

On December 3, President Ahmadinejad attended the 28th PGCC summit in Doha in which he submitted 12 proposals meant to "reinforce brotherly ties" and "promote cooperation" among Persian Gulf littoral states and Iran.

On Iran's nuclear program, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Mubarak said the International Atomic Energy Agency is the only authorized body to make judgments about Tehran's nuclear activities.

Iranian journalists visit the Bahraini Parliament

A group of Iranian journalists, including Mehr News Agency Managing Director Parviz Esmaeili, have started a tour of Bahrain.

The Iranian journalists visited the Bahraini Parliament and Foreign Ministry on Tuesday and held talks with the country's officials.

On their first day in the country, the journalists met Bahraini Foreign Ministry officials and lawmakers from the foreign policy and security committee and discussed ways to expand the two neighboring countries' relations.

The team is accompanied by Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini, who proposed establishing an Iran-Bahrain parliamentary friendship group.

"Iran and Bahrain should immediately move to establish a parliamentary friendship group," Hosseini suggested.

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