Iran's foreign minister arrived Friday in Algeria for a two-day visit, aimed at boosting bilateral ties months after a planned stop in the North African nation by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was abruptly canceled.
The visit by Manouchehr Mottaki amounted to a new effort by Iran, whose nuclear program has attracted grave suspicion in the West, to portray itself as a regional power for the Middle East and North Africa.
In January, Ahmadinejad's planned one-day stopover in Algiers following a trip to Latin America was abruptly canceled. No official reason was given.
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