Iran’s FM Zarif Urges Closer Ties with Latin America

Iran’s FM Zarif Urges Closer Ties with Latin America
Mon Aug 31, 2015 16:21:37

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic and Latin American countries need to improve their relations in various fields.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses expansion of ties with Latin American countries, and cooperation with these states can be promoted in bilateral relations as well as in consultations on regional and international issues,” Zarif said in a meeting with Bolivia's Deputy Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Alurralde in Tehran on Sunday.

He added that Iran and Bolivia have the necessary capacity to strengthen economic cooperation, adding that the two countries can also enhance ties in other sectors.

The senior Iranian official further pointed to a nuclear agreement clinched between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia – plus Germany in July and said, “We showed that pressure and economic sanctions against countries will be of no avail.”

On July 14, Iran and the six countries succeeded in finalizing the text of the nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

The Bolivian diplomat, for his part, called for bolstering cooperation with Iran, particularly in the energy sector.

Alurralde also underlined the need for the two countries to increase exchange of political and economic delegations, Press TV reported.

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