Iranian President calls for expansion of all-out ties with Eritrea

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran has no restriction on the further expansion of all-out ties with Eritrea, Fars News reported.

He made the remarks in his meeting with Eritrea's new Ambassador to Iran Mohammad Saeed Mentai Edris on Sunday.

During the meeting, Ahmadinejad termed bilateral ties between the two countries as "positive and growing,", and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran sees no limit for promoting the level of ties with Eritrea."

Iran and Eritrea can take steps towards the further the development of bilateral ties through activating all their potentials and capacities, he said, and called on the two countries to expedite implementation of bilateral agreements and explore and activate new potentials.

Also during the meeting, Saeed Mentai Edris said, "Eritrea wants to enhance its relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and believes that it would be in the interest of both states."

Tehran has prioritized promotion of its economic and political ties with the African states and the country is now considered as one of the African Union's strategic partners.

Tehran's efforts to boost ties and cooperation with Africa have led to its acceptance as an observing member of the African Union (AU), where it has shown an active presence in the AU summit meetings.

Tehran hosted the Iran-Africa Forum in September 2010. High-ranking officials from different African states attended the gathering to discuss ways to boost cooperation between Iran and the African continent.

Government and private sector officials from more than 40 African states were present at the two-day conference.

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