Malaysia ready for expansion of all-out ties with Iran

Other News Materials 26 April 2007 17:19 (UTC +04:00)

( IRNA ) - Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Mohammad Najib bin Abdul Razak expressed his country's readiness to bolster ties with Iran in all fields.

Razak was speaking to visiting Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Soleymani, who is currently in Malaysia for an official four-day visit.

Pointing to great potentials for expansion of ties between the two countries, Razak said the Iranian and Malaysian private companies would play a positive role in promoting mutual relations.

He praised deep-rooted Iranian culture and civilization and said Iran and Malaysia had an increasing trend of ties during recent years.

The Malaysian deputy prime minister stressed that Iran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes should be observed, adding that Malaysia has always supported Iran's peaceful nuclear program and will do so in the future.

Soleymani, on his part, praised economic relations between the two countries and said, "The volume of economic cooperation between Iran and Malaysia has increased by over 50 percent during the past one and half years.

"The two sides' officials have signed several agreements for cooperation."

The Iranian minister added the two sides can expand bilateral cooperation in such fields as transportation, power plant, housing, information technology, oil and gas.

Pointing to Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, he said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) carried out the most inspections to Iran's nuclear facilities and gave no report on any diversion from peaceful path.

"The Iranian nation is determined to achieve its inalienable and legal nuclear right," he said.

During his stay in Malaysia, Soleymani also met with Minister of Energy, Communications and Multimedia Lim Keng Yaik and Minister of Science and Technology Jamaludin Jarjis.

He also visited Malaysia's scientific centers.

The Iranian delegation is scheduled to leave Kuala Lumpur for Tehran Thursday night.