Moroccan Prime Minister: Iran's Role in Middle East Vital

Published June 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Moroccan Prime Minister Abdel-Rahman Youssofi described Iran's role in the Middle East region as vital, reported Iran News Agency (IRNA). 

His remarks came during a meeting with Iran Ambassador to Rabat, Mohammad Reza Bakhtiari, said the agency. 

According to a statement issued by Morocco's foreign ministry on Monday, the Moroccan premier said that Iran's role in the region is so important that the Western countries have come to the conclusion that it will be more useful to cooperate with the country instead of imposing sanctions.  

The recent visit to Iran by the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as well as his talks with Iranian officials indicates the importance of Iran's role in the region, the premier said.  

He also stressed all-out expansion of relations with Iran, particularly in the economic and commercial sectors, said IRNA.  

The Iranian ambassador called for the exchange of political and economic delegations as well as holding the third Iran-Morocco joint economic commission, said the agency - 

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