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Hamdan visit very important - Iran

posted on 28/05/2002: 719 views


Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, was back home yesterday after a two-day visit to Iranian Islamic Republic, where he met Iranian president Mohammed Khatami and a number of high ranking Iranian officials. He was seen off at Tehran Airport by Mohammed Ali Abtahi, Iranian Vice President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, and Khalifa Shaheen Al Mirri, UAE Ambassador to Iran. A spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry has said that Sheikh Hamdan's visit reflects the success of the policies of Khatami in defusing tension and building confidence and trust in the region.



Hamid Redha Asafi, who was speaking at his weekly press conference, which he held here yesterday, said Sheikh Hamdan's discussions with senior Iranian officials were conducted in an atmosphere of friendship and constructive dialogue, adding that the visit, which he described as "very important" comes at a time when Muslim countries were under serious pressure from the Jewish entity and its supporters. He pointed out that the discussions held by Sheikh Hamdan and senior Iranian officials centred on issues of mutual interest and ways to enhance economic and trade relations, in addition to developments on the Palestinian issue.



During his visit Sheikh Hamdan and Mohammed Ali Abtahi reviewed bilateral relations. Present at the meeting were UAE Ambassador Khalifa Shaheen Al Mirri, Abdullah Rashid Al Nu'aimi, Assistant Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, Obeid Al Za'abi, Director of the Foreign Ministry's Protocol Department and other UAE officials. The meeting was attended also by Hussein Sadiqi, Director General of the Gulf Department at the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Iranian Vice President held a dinner party in the honour of Sheikh Hamdan and the delegation accompanying him.



During the visit, Sheikh Hamdan reviewed bilateral ties between the UAE and Iran and discussed ways to enhance these relations in various fields for the mutual benefit of the countries and to help achieve security and stability in the region. Discussions also focused on the latest regional and international developments, including the situation in the Palestinian Occupied Territories, in the light of the continuous Israeli aggression against the defenceless Palestinians and the situation between India and Pakistan.



They urged the need to exert utmost efforts to reduce tension between the two neighbouring countries. They also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and agreed to continue contacts between the officials of the two countries for their mutual interest. Present at the meeting were Khalifa Shaheen Al Mirri, UAE Ambassador to Iran, Abdullah Rashid Al Nu'aimi, Assistant Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, Obeid Al Za'abi, Director of the Foreign Ministry's Protocol Department, and other UAE officials. On the Iranian side, Mohammed Ali Abtahi, Iranian Vice President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, and a number of senior officials were present. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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