Iran assigns high priority to Latin American ties: president

20:51, August 24, 2010      

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday the Islamic Republic gives high priority to expanding its relations with all the Latin American nations, the local satellite Press TV reported.

Ahmadinejad made the remarks at a meeting with the new Peruvian accredited ambassador to Iran, Javier Paolini Velarde.

"There is a great potential for expansion of mutual ties ( between Iran and Peru) which can be employed to the interests of the two nations," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.

Referring the commonalities between Iran and Latin American nations, he said both sides can enjoy the immense potential to expand their mutual and regional cooperation, the report said.

The Peruvian ambassador said his country gives a high priority to its relations with Iran so that Tehran and Lima could further expand their ties, Press TV said.

In December, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Latin American countries of promoting their ties with Iran which is pursuing nuclear program under international pressure, the claims which Tehran has rejected.

Iran has expanded ties with some Latin American states, including Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil, since Ahmadinejad took the office in 2005.



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