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Mon 14 May 2007 01:42 AM

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UAE boosts Iran ties

Ahmadinejad visit results in joint committee to boost economic relations between the two countries.

Talks between UAE and Iranian leaders have resulted in the creation of a joint committee to be headed by their respective foreign ministers, Gulf News reports.

The talks came as part of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s two-day visit to the UAE, attended by Ahmadinejad, President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and ruler of Dubai.

The leaders discussed ways to boost economic and trade relations, along with current affairs in the Middle East. WAM reported Shaikh Khalifa as stressing the importance of achieving national reconciliation in Iraq and reviving the Middle East peace process.

The UAE is Iran’s largest trading partner, with Iranian non-oil imports from the UAE accounting for $7.67 billion in the Iranian year to May 2006.

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