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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Pariah Pals

From the Islamic Republic News Agency

Iran's Ambassador to Zimbabwe Rasoul Momeni met with Zimbabwean Vice-President Joseph Msika on Monday and discussed issues of mutual interest.

The Zimbabwean VP, by referring to the intention of leaders of both countries, said, "Zimbabwe is following the policy of deepening ties with Iran sincerely."

Msika said, "Zimbabwe is a rich and powerful country, but, unfortunately, political grudge and economic sanctions of the Western states against basic policies of Zimbabwe, especially in reaction to the land reform, has caused economic problems for the country." In spite of these, Zimbabwe will not withdraw from its basic policies, he added.

The vice-president said, "Zimbabwe will support Iran's stances in different fields, especially in peaceful nuclear activities." Iran's ambassador, for his part, announced the commissioning of a tractor assembly plant, which is a joint investment project, construction of two hospitals for children in Harare and Bulawayo cities and also the project of generating electricity from Kariba Dam.


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