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05/18/11

Iranian FM heads to Kuwait

Source: ISNA

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi left for Kuwait on Wednesday morning. He is accompanied by a high-ranking delegation comprising of a number of lawmakers, deputy ministers and senior directors of Iranian Foreign Ministry.

Salehi is scheduled to meet with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, Parliament Speaker Jassem al-Khorafi and Foreign Minister Muhammad al-Sabah al-Salim al-Sabah.

Iran and Kuwait are going to discuss bilateral cooperation as well as regional and international issues.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday that Salehi's Kuwait visit would be the continuation of the consultations of the Iranian foreign diplomacy apparatus with regional countries on regional developments.

Earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Minister arrived in the UAE, Qatar and Oman to hold talks with senior authorities of the three countries.

In the UAE, Salehi met with UAE Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and his Emirati counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed al-Nahyan, on bilateral ties and regional developments.

During his trip to Qatar, Salehi conferred on regional matters and mutual relations with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Crown Prince Tamim bin Hamad al- Thani, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al- Thani.

Salehi also visited the Omani capital of Muscat before visiting Qatar where he discussed regional developments and bilateral ties with senior Omani officials, including Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Saidon.

Qatari Emir receives Ahmadinejad's message

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani received written message of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The written message was submitted by Iranian President's special envoy Mohammad Reza Sheibani who also serves as Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Middle Eastern and Common Wealth Affairs.

Qatari Emir on his part stressed his country's willingness for maturing relations with Iran and said, "good steps have been taken for boosting bilateral ties in commercial and economic domains which should be finalized by officials of the two sides."

He also appreciated the Islamic Republic of Iran's stance on Arab countries' developments and its support for popular moves in the countries.

Qatari Emir expressed hope friendly and brotherly relations would be created among regional states and all problems be settled.

Mohammad Reza Sheibani on his part stressed Tehran's serious will to broaden ties with Qatar.

Also Iranian ambassador to Doha Abdullah Sohrabi as well as Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of the Emiri Diwan Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah attended the meeting.

Sheibani also stressed the necessity of employment of Iran-Qatar friendly relations to fix regional disputes and elevate convergence of Islamic states for peace and security in the region.

Iran has already condemned deployment of foreign forces in Bahrain to suppress popular moves.

Thousands of anti-government protesters in Bahrain have taken into the streets since mid-February, calling for an end to the ruling of al-Khalifa dynasty, which has governed the Arab country for almost forty years.

On March 13, Saudi-led troops were deployed to the Persian Gulf Island at Manama's request for crack-down on the countrywide popular protests.

Scores of protesters have been killed and many others arrested and sent to unknown locations during Manama's violent and brutal crackdown on protesters. A number of the deaths have occurred under torture.

Regime forces have also raided dozens of mosques, schools, sacred sites and even graves in persisting efforts to suppress all opposition.

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