Sunday, January 16, 2005

Rafsanjani urges expansion of ties with Bosnia-Herzegovina

Description of Selected News: "Rafsanjani urges expansion of ties with Bosnia-Herzegovina

TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a meeting with the Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina to Tehran Senahid Bristovich on Sunday called for expansion of mutual relations in various fields.

A report released by EC Public Relations Department said that Rafsanjani assessed the mutual political ties as positive and called for bolstering economic collaboration, given the potentials of both sides.

Turning to the status of the Balkans in Iran's foreign policy, he noted that the Iranian government and nation will never forget the pains and sufferings the people of Bosnian-Herzegovina have been through.

Rafsanjani expressed the national interest in cooperation with Bosnia-Herzegovina and declared Iran's readiness for using its expertise in the reconstruction of the country.

The official hoped to witness the success of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the future.

For his part, Bristovich expounded on the political, economic and social situation of his country and said that his countrymen will never forget the support and assistance of Iranian people under the difficult and sensitive conditions.

"The Muslim people of Bosnia-Herzegovina have proved to the world public opinion that despite being oppressed, they are prepared to forgive and overlook the sufferings they have undergone," he added.

The Bosnian diplomat referred to the post-war damages and said that a great number of migrants have not yet had the chance to repatriate on account of such problems as failure to find jobs and having no residence in their homeland.

He called for broadening ties between the two states, in particular in the economic sector.

Bristovich noted that Iran can invest in various industries in his country including electricity in order to participate in the reconstruction process."