November 17, 2008

Iranian deputy FM meets Uganda, Burundi officials
Tehran Times Political Desk

TEHRAN – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Sheikholeslam has met with Ugandan Minister of State for Regional Affairs Isaac Musumba and Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Sheikholeslam, who was in Kampala on Sunday, discussed bilateral relations as well as the latest regional and international developments with the Ugandan official.

The two sides called for expansion of comprehensive relations between their private sectors.

Sheikholeslam said boosting cooperation with African states is the top priority on Iran's foreign policy agenda. "Cooperation in economic and technical areas has improved over the past two years and the Islamic Republic is prepared to further expand the relations," he added.

In a separate meeting with Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza in Bujumbura, Sheikholeslam called for closer relations between the Islamic Republic and the African nation.

He also delivered the message of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad to Nkurunziza. Sheikholeslam said Iranian companies are prepared to cooperate with Burundi in implementing industrial projects.

Nkurunziza, for his part, said the two countries are determined to establish stronger relations. He also welcomed Iranian companies' investment in different projects in Burundi.

The two sides agreed to finalize the protocol on political, economic, and cultural cooperation during the Burundian president's trip to Iran

Source: Tehran Times

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