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Iran, Guinea Conakry can help solve Syria, Mali crises: Iran’s Salehi

Politics - Iran Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic and Guinea Conakry can work to decrease the scale of crisis plaguing countries like Syria and Mali.

“Iran, as the president of the Non-Aligned Movement, and Guinea Conakry, as a member of this movement and also a member of the African Union, can do their parts to decrease [the level of] these crises and assist to solve them by holding consultations,” said Salehi during a meeting with his Guinean counterpart Francois Lonseny Fall in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Tuesday.

Salehi also warned against the dangers of extremism in different regions of the world.

Iran’s foreign minister also hailed political relations between the two Muslim countries, expressing hope for further enhancement of bilateral ties in different fields.

For his part, Lonseny Fall also highlighted common Islamic values between Iran and Guinea Conakry within the framework of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Non-Aligned Movement.

The senior Guinean diplomat further praised Tehran and Conakry’s bilateral decision to open embassies in the two countries.

Lonseny Fall also called for a political solution, along with a dialogue, to deal with the Syrian issue and warned against the continuation of crisis in Mali.

Guinea Conakry is located in West Africa, with a population of nearly 10 million people. Muslims comprise some 98 percent of the country's population.

Over the past years, Iran has defined a special priority on its agenda to boost relations with African countries.

Earlier this month, President Mahmoud Ahmadi paid a three-day visit to Niger, Ghana and Benin to develop bilateral economic and political cooperation with the African countries.

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