WORLD : Iran's Prestige High, Soviet Says

From Times wire services

Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze said today that Iran has "high international prestige" and that his visit to Tehran signals expanded ties, according to Iran's official news agency.

"In our opinion, Iran enjoys high international prestige," the news agency quoted Shevardnadze as saying. "We have come to the conclusion that it is a must to acknowledge others' beliefs and respect them." Shevardnadze made his remarks at a meeting with President Ali Khamenei. On Sunday, he met with Iran's revolutionary leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, for 90 minutes.

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