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FM: Iran Ready to Start New Chapter in Cooperation with Gambia.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that his country is prepared to further expand and begin a new chapter in relations and cooperation with Gambia.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to start a new chapter of cooperation with Gambia in different agricultural, hygiene and technological fields, building power plants and fighting against extremism and terrorism," Zarif said in a meeting with Gambian Parliament Vice-Speaker Momodou Sanneh in Tehran on Monday.

Sanneh, for his part, underscored the necessity for increased cooperation with Iran, and said there are good grounds for the two countries' cooperation in agricultural, technological and hygiene sectors as well as investment in economic infrastructure.

In relevant remarks on Saturday, Agriculture Jihad Minister Mahmoud Hojjati said that Iran is fully ready to cooperate with Gambia in the fields of research, education and agricultural machinery.

"Iran with diverse climatic conditions has successful experience in the field of producing all types of crops," Hojjati said in a meeting with Sanneh in Tehran.

Describing Gambia as a rich country in terms of water resources, Hojjati said that in addition to enjoying enough water resources and fertile soil as well as suitable climate to raise tropical crops with high global demand, Gambia has the potential for aquatic farming.

"Iran faces shortage of water, but it makes great attempts to produce food of 80 million Iranians independently," Hojjati said recalling Iran's self-sufficiency in producing wheat.

Sanneh, for his part, said that Gambia is a country with enough water and soil, but it needs mechanization of agriculture and procuring fertilizers to boost production and maintain fertility of its soil.

Hailing Iran's progress in agriculture in recent years, Gambian official expressed the hope that the two countries' agricultural cooperation would further improve in future.

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