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FM: Iran Ready to Help Mali in Anti-Terror Fight.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced concern over the increasing presence of terrorist groups in Mali, and said Tehran is prepared to share its experiences with Bamako in this field.

"Iran is prepared to cooperate with Mali in the area of fighting terrorism and extremism," Zarif said in a meeting with Malian Prime Minister Modibo Keita in Bamako on Thursday night.

The Iranian foreign minister pointed to the terrorism and extremism as ugly phenomena, and said, "Iran regrets the presence of extremist groups in West Africa."

The Malian prime minister, for his part, called for closer Tehran-Bamako relations, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran serves as a good role model for all developing nations.

Keita said that Iran's power is due to its rich culture and civilization.

He called on the two countries to broaden their interactions, specially in the trade and economic fields.

Zarif returned to Tehran on Friday morning after paying a six-day Visit to West Africa, which took him to Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Mali.

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Date:Jul 29, 2016
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