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Kuwait's emir makes landmark visit to Iran

Published on Jun 2, 2014 1:30 AM

TEHERAN (AFP) - Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on Sunday started a landmark visit to Teheran focused on mending fences between Shi'ite Iran and the Sunni-ruled monarchies in the Gulf.

The two-day visit comes amid a thaw in ties between Teheran and six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) since the election of Iran's moderate President Hassan Rohani in June 2013.

In greeting the emir, Mr Rohani, quoted on the presidency website, said the trip would mark "a decisive turning point" and that the two states had "close views on political, regional and international issues".

The visit would "benefit both countries", the emir was quoted as saying.

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