Iran, Guinea can help solve Syria, Mali crises - minister

24 April 2013 12:25 (UTC+04:00)

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic and Guinea can work to decrease the scale of crisis plaguing countries like Syria and Mali, IRNA news agency reported.

"Iran, as the president of the Non-Aligned Movement, and Guinea, as a member of this movement and also a member of the African Union, can do their parts to decrease [the level of] these crises and assist to solve them by holding consultations," said Salehi during a meeting with his Guinean counterpart Francois Lonseny Fall in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Tuesday.

Salehi also warned against the dangers of extremism in different regions of the world.

Iran's foreign minister also hailed political relations between the two Muslim countries, expressing hope for further enhancement of bilateral ties in different fields.

Lonseny Fall also highlighted common Islamic values between Iran and Guinea within the framework of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Non-Aligned Movement.

Lonseny Fall further praised Tehran and Guinea's bilateral decision to open embassies in the two countries.

He also called for a political solution, along with a dialogue, to deal with the Syrian issue and warned against the continuation of crisis in Mali.

Guinea is located in West Africa, with a population of nearly 10 million people. Muslims comprise 98 percent of the country's population.

Over the past years, Iran has defined a special priority on its agenda to boost relations with African countries.

Earlier this month, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad paid a three-day visit to Niger, Ghana and Benin to develop bilateral economic and political cooperation with the African countries.