July 3, 2008

Iran-Guinea Ink Cooperation Agreements

Text of report in English by Iranian official government news agency IRNA website

Tehran, 3 July: Iranian and Guinean Conakry officials inked industrial and mineral cooperation agreements on Thursday [3 July].

As per the agreement, Guinea Conakry undertook to supply the bauxite of the Iranian aluminium industry.

The agreement was signed by Iranian Industries and Mine Minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian and visiting Guinean Minister of Mines and Geology Ahmad Canteh in Tehran.

At the meeting the two sides emphasized the need for exploring the Guinea Conakry bauxite mine which is used as a raw material in the Iranian aluminium industry.

Mehrabian stated that the capacity of the aluminium production is 500,000 tons, anticipating that the figure would reach 1.5 million tons within the next five years.

Ways of expanding ties with Guinea Conakry in mining and industrial sectors also were reviewed by Mehrabian and Canteh on July 2.

Canteh stated that Guinea Conakry possesses rich mineral resources, including iron, gold, diamonds, bauxite... etc.

Thanking Iran for contribution to his country's reconstruction, Canteh said the Islamic Republic is a great and developed country with modern technologies, particularly in the mining sector.

He also urged the Islamic Republic to cooperate with Guinea Conakry to implement some infrastructure plans including road, railway, modern laboratory for analysing mineral materials and so on.

Canteh also invited Mehrabian to Guinea Conakry to get familiarized with the country's mineral activities.

Currently, over 30 infrastructure projects are being implemented in African countries by Iranian engineers and experts.

Originally published by Islamic Republic News Agency website, Tehran, in English 1419 3 Jul 08.

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