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Iran's president visits Zimbabwe

By unknown | Apr 23, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Zimbabwe yesterday, a meeting of two leaders united in fierce opposition to the West.

Mugabe met Ahmadinejad at the Harare airport yesterday afternoon.

The Zimbabwe Iran Joint Commission had said ahead of Ahmadinejad's state visit that the two nations were committed to "the promotion of peace and stability in their respective regions" and welcomed Iran's proposals to host an international nuclear disarmament conference.

Iran has been under harsh criticism from Western nations for pressing ahead with uranium enrichment programs it says are to produce nuclear energy amid fears the militant Islamic state could develop nuclear weapons.

Iran is the biggest exhibitor at a trade exposition Ahmadinejad is scheduled to open in the second city of Bulawayo today.

Ahmadinejad is the first leader from outside the African continent to open the exposition since independence from British colonial era rule in 1980.

A statement by the joint commission said in agricultural cooperation Iran proposed to assemble its models of tractors in Zimbabwe.

The commission also agreed to set up a joint investment company to help develop industry, energy, mining, water management and social and financial services. Apart from a grant of $2million (about R14million) to health services, no other amounts of funding were mentioned.

Former opposition leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai did not attend yesterday welcome ceremony for Ahmadinejad. - Sapa-AP


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