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Iran Praises Zimbabwe's Development Efforts

Speaking in Harare today (Wednesday), Mr. Khatami said Zimbabwe can play a key role in helping other developing nations.

The Iranian president wrapped up a three-day state visit, which included the signing of 10 cooperation deals.

He left Zimbabwe for Uganda, the last stop on a seven-nation tour of Africa. Mr. Khatami also visited Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Sierra Leone and Benin.

Tuesday, Zimbabwe's President Mugabe praised Iran's support for his controversial land reform program, which was been sharply criticized by some western nations.

He said Iran is a crucial partner in Zimbabwe's "Look East" policy aimed at forging new ties in Asia, following disputes with the west.

Some information for this report provided by IRNA and AFP.