Monday, August 1, 2016
ASEAN - Iran resolved to start new chapter of coop. with ASEAN
JAKARTA, Jul. 29 (MNA) – Deputy FM Rahimpour on Fri. stressed Iran’s resolve for starting a new chapter of cooperation with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states.
Ebrahim Rahimpour, Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs, made the remark in a Friday meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Jakarta on Friday. During the meeting which took place on the sidelines of the sixth consultative-political committee’s meeting in the Indonesian capital, the two sides conferred on various venues for expansion of cooperation.
Rahimour thanked Indonesia as an ASEAN member state for its support for Iran’s accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) and highlighted Tehran’s firm resolve for expanding cooperation with the ASEAN countries.
Iran’s request to accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) has been approved by the ASEAN in the 49th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Vientiane, Laos, 24 July.
Rahimpour noted that Iran deems Indonesia as one of its priorities in foreign policies, and described the future visit of Indonesian President Joko Widodo to Tehran as highly significant for expediting the implementation of agreements and cementing bilateral relations.
He went on to stress Iran’s mutual support for Indonesia in regional and international circles, highlighting the Islamic Republic’s keen interest on improving ties with ECO and ASEAN.
The Indonesian foreign minister, for her part, deemed Iran a close friend to Indonesia, and warmly welcomed Iran’s accession to TAC and closer cooperation with the ASEAN.
“Indonesia is ready to advance its relations with Iran on bilateral, regional and international levels,” she said.
The two sides further called for expansion of banking relations in a bid to facilitate trade transactions between Tehran and Jakarta.