Khatami Invites Tunisian President to Visit Tehran
Iranian President Mohammed Khatami has invited his Tunisian counterpart, Zein El Abideen bin Ali, to visit Tehran, said Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Sadr on Tuesday.
Sadr arrived in Tunis and held talks with Bin Ali on ways to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries, said the official Iranian news agency, IRNA.
Before his talks with the president, Sadr had held separate meetings with Tunisian prime minister, foreign minister and parliament speaker to discuss bilateral ties.
He also inaugurated a meeting in Tunisia attended by Iranian ambassadors to North African states.
Last April, Tunisian Prime Minister Muhammad Ghannouchi Ghannouchi made a four-day visit to Iran, the first by a high-ranking Tunisian official since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.
Tunis and Tehran severed diplomatic relations in the 1980s, but began to normalize relations in recent years, with Iran naming former foreign ministry spokesman Mahmoud Mohammadi as its ambassador to Tunis in 1997 – Albawaba.com
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