President Ahmadinejad meets Malian FM

Iran Materials 18 August 2006 12:57 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday stressed the need for promotion of ties and cooperation with the African state of Mali.

In a meeting with the visiting Foreign Minister of Mali, Mokhtar Ouan, here Thursday evening, Ahmadinejad referred to religious commonalties between Tehran and Bamako and said Iran was ready to share experience with Mali, particularly in the fields of industries, agriculture and trade, reports Trend.

Stressing that both Iran and Mali were fighting against neo- colonialism in the contemporary world, Ahmadinejad said that the two capitals were engaged in a campaign against existing pressure by the dominant powers against sovereignty of the Muslim and independent countries.

Meanwhile, Ouan, for his part, praised Tehran's stands on promotion of ties with Bamako and conveyed a message from Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure to President Ahmadinejad inviting him for a visit to Mali in a near future.

Ouan said that Bamako was willingly seeking for Tehran's experiences in the fields of dam building, energy, mining and agriculture.