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Iran aiming to expand ties with Persian Gulf states, FM says during visit by Bahraini counterpart

Tehran, Feb 27, IRNA - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Tehran Friday that Iran's general policy is based on establishing and promoting close and upward-looking ties with the Persian Gulf littoral states.

"So, it will be natural for the said ties to be subject to jealousies, misunderstandings and insinuations," Mottaki said in a joint press conference with his visiting Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed al-Khalifa here on Friday.

Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmad al-Khalifa arrived in Tehran late Thursday to hold talks with senior Iranian officials on bilateral and regional issues.

Khalifa is also scheduled to meet and confer with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and on ways of consolidating mutual ties.

The Iranian top diplomat said the two countries' officials have taken the initiative in this regard as is testified by the visit of Iran's Interior Minister to Manama that has been reciprocated by Bahraini Foreign Minister's visit to Iran as Bahraini king envoy.

Khalifa for his part said he was carrying a message to President Ahmadinejad. "The message is in response to those who try to harm mutual relations," he said.

Noting that his country is determined to expand ties with Iran, the Bahraini minister said the two countries should not allow enemies abuse the ties.

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