Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Iran Pledges to Help Bosnia with Postwar Reconstruction

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Iran Pledges to Help Bosnia with Postwar Reconstruction

Article excerpt

Bosnian Prime Minister Hasan Muratovic arrived in Tehran, Iran, on Sunday and said his country would always remember Iranian aid during the war with Bosnian Serbs, the Iranian news agency reported.

According to the report, Muratovic "said . . . the Iranian government and nation offered humanitarian assistance to Bosnia at a time when its Islamic identity had been jeopardized, stressing that the Bosnians will never forget the significance of such an assistance."

Muratovic said meetings would be held in Sarajevo and in Islamabad, Pakistan, to accelerate Bosnia's reconstruction following the Bosnian peace accord. He did not say when the meetings would be held.

Later Sunday, he met Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani and expressed Bosnia's hope that Iran and other Muslim states would contribute to the reconstruction effort, "as they were beside the oppressed Bosnian people in the course of their defense," the state-run Iranian news agency said.

Rafsanjani "voiced Iran's readiness to participate in reconstruction projects," it added.

Earlier Sunday, Iranian Vice President Hassan Habibi said Iran, which backed Bosnian Muslims in their 3 1/2-year war with Bosnian Serbs, would expand its cooperation with the Bosnian government. …

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