Malaysia-Iran talks on oil cooperation

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  • Monday, 20 Nov 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Iran will hold talks this week to boost cooperation in wide-ranging sectors such as the oil and gas industry, and to find new ways to strengthen ties, the Malaysian government said Monday. 

Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar will lead a delegation to Tehran for a three-day meeting starting Tuesday with his counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki, and other Iranian officials, Malaysia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. 

Oil and gas, energy, religion, defence, trade and investment, agriculture, fisheries, telecommunications, banking, finance, transport, education, health, culture, tourism, sports and science are among the areas where both sides hope to enhance cooperation, the ministry said. 

The meeting will help Malaysia and Iran "discuss and resolve issues that may have a bearing on bilateral relations,'' the ministry added.  

Malaysia, which chairs the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference, the world's biggest Muslim group, has said it has no objections to Iran using nuclear power for peaceful means, and has repeatedly called for negotiations instead of force to resolve the dispute. - AP 

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