Pressure has no impact on Iran-Gambia ties: Ahmadinejad

Iran Materials 4 December 2006 15:43 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Monday that no amount of pressure from countries will prevent consolidation of ties between Iran and Gambia.

President Ahmadinejad made the remarks during an official farewell ceremony held at the Presidential Office for Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, reports Trend.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran supports Gambia. We strive to settle problems through cooperation and joint efforts for the benefit of our two nations," the president said.

He said that he was aware that the Gambian government and nation, just like the Iranian government and nation, was being subjected to pressure by certain bullying powers and "so we will support the country."

He said that the Iranian government will allocate aid for development of this West African state through the relevant ministers after plans are finalized.

"Iran will provide three credit lines to Gambia for projects to develop its agriculture, industry, infrastructure and energy sectors and boost investment in the country," the Iranian president added.

He said that Tehran and Banjul enjoy deep-rooted, friendly and sustainable relations and noted their similarity of stances on regional and international developments, particularly on issues facing the Islamic world.

Ahmadinejad further said that there was a strong determination to consolidate ties by the two sides, and added that talks with the Gambian delegation focused on various subjects in the fields of agriculture, industry, fisheries, energy and education.

Jammeh, for his part, said his visit to Tehran has become a turning point in friendly relations between the two countries with very constructive results for Banjul.

He added that he received valuable guidelines from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on running the country.

Jammeh arrived in Tehran Saturday morning at the head of a senior politico-economic delegation for an official three-day visit.