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IRANIAN President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has underlined Tehran's interest in the further development of economic cooperation with Zimbabwe.

The Iranian leader was speaking during a meeting with Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi in Tehran on Saturday.

"Increasing the cooperation and the level of economic exchanges between Iran and Zimbabwe in the different sectors will serve the interests of the two nations and regional countries," Ahmadinejad said during the meeting on Saturday.

He also stressed the necessity for utilizing all the existing potentials in the two countries to promote Tehran-Harare bilateral and regional ties.

Elsewhere, he referred to the common positions shared by the two countries on major regional and international issues, and said Iran and Zimbabwe can play active roles in the establishment of the new world order based on justice and friendship.

Mumbengegwi said his country's positions are identical to those of Iran, and reiterated that Harare was making its best efforts to further expand political and economic cooperation with Tehran.

Ahmadinejad's administration has striven hard to maximize relations with the African continent.

Tehran in September hosted a large number of government and private sector officials from more than 40 African states for a two-day conference called 'Iran-Africa Forum'.

During the 'Iran-Africa Forum', Ahmadinejad underlined Iran's resolve to boost cooperation with Africa, and voiced Tehran's preparedness to host a summit of the African Union's heads of state.

"We are ready to welcome our brothers and sisters for an African Union (AU) summit in Tehran," Ahmadinejad said, addressing the opening session of the forum.

"We have the honor to declare that we are ready to share all our experiences and power with Africa to build the future," the president stressed.


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