Iran Ready for Anti-Terror Coop. With Mali

Iran Ready for Anti-Terror Coop. With MaliIran Ready for Anti-Terror Coop. With Mali

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced concern over the presence of terror groups in Mali, saying Tehran is ready for cooperation with the violence-hit state in its battle against terrorism and extremism.

In a Thursday meeting with Mali’s Prime Minister Modibo Keita in Bamako, Zarif described the West African country as “the cradle of moderate and tolerant Islam”, saying Iran regrets the presence of extremist groups there, Press TV reported.

Zarif said extremism is an “ugly phenomenon” that is also plaguing the Middle East besides Africa, stressing that “Iran is prepared to cooperate with Mali in the area of fighting terrorism and extremism.”

He highlighted cultural commonalities between Iranian and Malian nations, saying Tehran attaches significance to relations with Bamako.

“Iran is ready to bolster economic relations with Mali in various spheres, including agriculture, health, education and energy,” the top diplomat added.

The Malian prime minister called for closer Tehran-Bamako relations, saying the Islamic Republic serves as a good role model for all developing nations.

“Iran acted with vigilance and courage in the face of obstacles and managed to protect its national interests,” he said.