Brunei Ambassador to Tehran Sehri Saleh stated on Wednesday that Iran’s satellite launch was an “honor” to Muslims.
“Iran’s Omid Satellite launch… is an honor to all Muslim countries,” he told the Mehr News Agency. Saleh praised Iran, saying, “We believe that this was a great job and an indicator of the power of the Islamic Republic of Iran and even Islamic countries.”
Iran reported a successful launch of its first domestically-produced satellite into orbit aboard a Safir-2 rocket on Monday. The satellite, called Omid, or hope in Farsi, is intended for telecommunications and research activities.
Political watchers noted the US’s concern over the satellite launch, with U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Wood stating that "Many of the technological building blocks involved in [space launch vehicles] are the same as those required to develop long-range ballistic missiles.
The Brunei Ambassador’s comments come at a time of growing bilateral ties between the two countries.
In the same week, The Ambassador of Iran to Brunei Darussalam, Mr Abolfazal Khazaee Torshizi, hosted a ceremony to mark the National Day of the Islamic Republic of Iran yesterday at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas. In his speech, the ambassador mentioned that Brunei and Iran have numerous similarities in political, economical, historical, cultural and religious fields.
The ambassador hopes that trade and economic cooperation between both countries will continue to be strengthened.
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Space.com, “Iran's Satellite Launch a Signal of Missile Progress, Analysts Say”, 12 Feb 2009, http://www.space.com/news/090211-iran-launch-analysis.html