Iran FM arrives in Burkina Faso, holds official talks

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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has arrived in Burkina Faso to discuss the latest international developments and ways to expand relations with senior Burkinabe officials, Press TV reported.

Salehi arrived at Ouagadougou International Airport on Tuesday and was welcome by Burkinabe Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Vincent Zakane upon arrival.

In the meeting, which occurred on Tuesday evening, Salehi conveyed felicitation message of Iran's Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani to his counterpart for his election and invited him to pay a visit to Iran.

He described political ties between the two countries very good and said that it is necessary that economic, trade, agriculture, culture, scientific and technical relations expand, too.

Referring to sensitive situation in the world and existing crises, Salehi underlined necessity of consultation and cooperation between the two countries to help establish peace, stability and security in the world.

He pointed out that in this direction, the two countries can work together in the framework of Non-Aligned Movement, Organization of Islamic Cooperation and African Union.

Salehi also called establishment of parliamentary friendship group between the two countries very important in strengthening bilateral ties and consolidating friendship.

Earlier in the day, during a stop in Accra, Salehi met Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama and delivered Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's invitation to pay an official visit to the Islamic Republic.

During the meeting, Salehi congratulated Mahama on his victory in the recent presidential election and described the presence of an Iranian delegation at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Ghanaian president as an indication of the Islamic Republic's firm determination to expand cooperation with Ghana in all fields.

The Iranian foreign minister also said that Iran is ready to share its experiences with the West African state in a number of areas, such as agriculture, science, technology, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals.

Mahama welcomed the invitation to visit Iran and promised to travel to the country as soon as possible. He also invited Ahmadinejad to visit Ghana.

The Ghanaian president expressed hope that the two countries would upgrade their cooperation when their business councils meet in mid-2013.

On January 5, Salehi began a three-leg tour of West Africa - with stops in Benin, Ghana, and Burkina Faso -- in order to expand the Islamic Republic's relations with those countries.

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