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Speaker: Iran, Mali Agree on Necessity of Fight against Terrorism

TEHRAN,Jan 11, 2017(FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined that his country and the African state of Mali share identical views on the need for continued fight against terrorist groups.

"We have close views on vital regional issues, specially campaign against terrorism," Larijani said in a joint press conference with Malian Parliament Speaker Issaka Sidibé in Tehran on Wednesday.

Stressing Iran's permanent attention to the African continent to broaden ties, he said, "During today talks, we held good discussions on the expansion of economic ties and we are interested in enhancing the level of trade relations."

Larijani added that the meeting with the Malian speaker also focused on the Palestinian issue and the crises in the Islamic countries which have overshadowed it.

Elsewhere, he expressed the hope that the next conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Mali would be held successfully and end up in correct decisions about the challenges facing the Islamic countries.

In relevant remarks in September, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined his country's determination to further expand relations with the African states.

"Expanding and deepening ties with African countries, including Kenya, is among the Islamic Republic of Iran's foreign policy principles," President Rouhani said in a meeting with Kenyan Parliament Speaker Justin Bedan Njoka Muturi in Tehran.

Meantime, Sidibé in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Bamako in July called for the development of mutual cooperation with Iran.

"My country is very much willing to broaden mutual cooperation with Iran," the Malian parliament speaker said during the meeting in Bamako.

"My country supports Iran’s stances in international bodies and this support is perpetual and resolute,” Sidibé added.

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