Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says reopening of the Iranian Embassy in Somalia will promote bilateral cooperation via diplomatic channels between the two countries. Salehi made the remarks during a meeting with the Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid in Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu, on Thursday.
The Iranian foreign minister also wished stability, security and progress for the Somali government and nation, saying that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to develop all-out cooperation with the African state.The Somali premier, for his part, expressed gratitude to the Islamic Republic of Iran for sending aid to Somalia and welcomed further promotion of cooperation between the two countries. During the meeting, Saaid described relations between the two countries as historical and explained measures taken by Mogadishu to improve the situation in the African state. In a meeting with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Wednesday, Salehi announced the reopening of the Iranian Embassy and the inauguration of Iran Red Crescent Society office in Mogadishu. He added that Iranians send humanitarian aid to Somalia in accordance with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s remarks about supporting the Somali people. Sheikh Mohamud, for his part, said that the Iranian foreign minister’s visit to Mogadishu and the reopening of the Islamic Republic’s Embassy in the Somali capital show that the two countries are eager to boost cooperation. TNP/SS