( IRNA ) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Wednesday morning that Iran-Sudan political relations are at a "very good level."
President Ahmadinejad was talking to reporters at Mehrabad International Airport here before departing for Khartoum, Sudan, for an official two-day visit.
"The two countries have always had amicable and brotherly ties ever since after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979.
"This visit will play an important role in promoting mutual relations," he said.
He noted that Iran and Sudan currently have wide-ranging relations in the economic, industrial, agricultural, energy and cultural fields.
Ahmadinejad said he was visiting Khartoum upon an invitation of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir extended late April, 2006, saying the focus of the visit will be the signing of an agreement by the two sides to further boost ties.
He said that Sudan was among the big Muslim states in Africa and that mutual ties would receive a further boost through exchange of visits between the two countries' officials.
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Minister of Industries and Mines Ali-Reza Tahmasbi, Minister of Agricultural Jihad Mohammad-Reza Eskandari and Majlis's Article 90 Commission Chairman Mohammad-Reza Faker are accompanying the president.
Ahmadinejad was seen off at Tehran Mehrabad International Airport by First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi, the head of the Supreme Leader's Office Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, the Sudanese Charge d'Affaires in Tehran and a number of ministers.
In Khartoum the president is scheduled to hold talks with his Sudanese counterpart and other senior officials on issues of mutual interest and regional and international developments.