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24 April 2012 - 11:50

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has announced Tehran’s readiness to expand cooperation with Tunisia in various fields and provide Tunis with technological know-how.

Referring to Iran's economic, scientific and industrial capacities in a Monday meeting with Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali in Tunis, Salehi declared the Islamic Republic’s preparedness to expand cooperation with Tunisia.

He congratulated the victory of Tunisia’s revolution on behalf of the Iranian people and government, and conveyed Iranian First Vice President Mohammadreza Rahimi’s invitation to Jebali to visit Iran.

The Iranian foreign minister said the continuation of bilateral visits by high-ranking officials from Iran and Tunisia lays the ground for the expansion of relations between the two countries.

Jabali, for his part, hailed the Islamic Revolution and Islamic establishment in Iran as a source of pride for Muslims and praised the country’s scientific progress.

In a separate meeting, Iran’s top diplomat held talks with the speaker of the Tunisian Constituent Assembly, Mustafa bin Jaafar, regarding the latest developments in the North African country.

Salehi, heading a political and parliamentary delegation, arrived in Tunisiaat the invitation of his Tunisian counterpart Rafik Abdessalem.

This is the first visit by a high-ranking Iranian official to Tunisia after the fall of the country’s Western-backed dictator, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, in 2011.

In January 2011, popular protests by Tunisians led to the ouster of the Western-propped dictator who is now facing charges of manslaughter.

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