Iranian FM Meets Somali PM in Mogadishu

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in a meeting with Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon in Mogadishu stressed Iran's full readiness for comprehensive cooperation with Somalia for the further development of the African country.

During the meeting, Salehi said that reopening of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Embassy in Mogadishu would facilitate bilateral cooperation through diplomatic channels and is a step aimed at continuing the Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic of Iran's humanitarian contributions to the people of Somalia.

Wishing stability and security for the Somalia government and people, the Iranian foreign minister announced the Islamic Republic of Iran's full readiness for comprehensive cooperation with Somali for advancement and development of that African country.

The top Somali official, for his part, appreciated the Islamic Republic of Iran's generous contributions to his country, and announced Mogadishu's full eagerness for comprehensive expansion of cooperation with Tehran.

Salehi left Tehran on an African tour on Monday to visit Central Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia.

The Iranian foreign minister is also scheduled to take part in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) ministerial meeting in the East African country of Djibouti.

Iran is also an observing member of the African Union (AU) and has shown an active presence in previous AU summit meetings.

The country is considered as one of the AU's strategic partners along with India, Japan, China, several South American states and Turkey, while Tehran is also believed to be prioritizing promotion of its economic and political ties with the African states.