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Iranian FM arrives in Bahrain for talks

Tehran, March 16, IRNA - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, heading a delegation, arrived in Manama, Bahrain, on Monday evening on an official visit.

Mottaki's visit to Bahrain takes place on the third leg of his tour of Asia, which already took him to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

While in Bahrain, Mottaki will meet and hold talks with senior Bahraini officials on key regional and international subjects and other issues of mutual interest.

Meetings with Bahraini King Hamad Bin Issa al-Khalifa and Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman al-Khalifa are on the agenda of Mottaki's Bahrain visit.

Saudi Arabia in favor of Iran's presence at Doha Summit, official

Riyadh, March 16, IRNA -- Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said Sunday evening Saudi Arabia is in favor of Iran's presence at the anuual Doha Summit planned for March 30.

Al-Faisal told a press conference that Saudi Arabia is willing to see Iran take part at Doha Summit and denied any report on the contrary.

Referring to visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to Riyadh on March 15, al-Faisal said the two foreign ministers held talks on issues of mutual interest in a friendly atmosphere.

The Iranian foreign minister arrived in Riyadh yesterday on a two-day official visit.

The Saudi foreign minister also rejected any debate between Saudi King Abdullah and the US President Barack Obama over the close cooperation between Tehran and Riyadh.

Saudi King Abdullah and Obama met on March 13.

Meanwhile, a senior Saudi official, Prince Turki Bin Muhammad, said in Riyadh that Iran is an important country and plays pivotal role in the Middle East.

He said that Iran has right to produce nuclear energy in the framework of the international regulations and the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Prince Turki Bin Muhammad, who is in charge of deputy foreign minister for political affairs, said that he believes Iran's nuclear issue should be resolved through diplomatic talks.

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