(IRNA) - Algerian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Rachid Harraoubia expressed his country's support for Iran's right to pursue peaceful nuclear energy.
During a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Algiers Hossein Abdi Abyaneh, Harraoubia highlighted the fact that nuclear energy had scientific and other peaceful uses.
He said all signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) have the right to nuclear energy and to develop programs to be able to enjoy the various uses of nuclear energy.
Harraoubia, who is also the Algerian head of the two countries' joint commission, stressed that the right of countries to the peaceful use of nuclear energy should be officially recognized in the charter of the International Atomic Energy Agency and its rules and regulations, reports Trend.
He praised the Islamic Revolution in Iran and called for further consolidation of relations with Tehran.
Referring to his previous visits to Tehran, he said the progress achieved by Iran in various technological fields has come as "a surprise and honor" to the Islamic world, adding that Muslims are the beneficiaries of the achievements of Islamic states.
During the meeting, Harraoubia and Abdi Abyaneh also discussed avenues for bolstering bilateral scientific cooperation, the idea of opening a Persian-language course at Algeria University in the near future and exchange of university students.