Iran Prioritizing Expansion of Ties with Central Asia
Iran Prioritizing Expansion of Ties with Central Asia
Iran has always prioritized expansion of relations with the Central Asian countries and for the same reason Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will take a four-day tour to these states in the coming days, the foreign ministry spokesman announced on Friday.

TEHRAN (Iran News) – “Foreign Minister Zarif would travel to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan on April 5-8 to discuss mutual and regional cooperation,” Saeed Khatibzadeh tweeted.

The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman pointed out that the broadening of cooperation with Central Asia and civilizational, historical, and cultural commonalities with regional states have always been a priority for Iran.

In a relevant development earlier this week, Zarif and President Rahmon discussed bilateral relations in various fields, including economic issues, trade, energy, industry, transportation, science, and culture.

The two sides also highlighted the important role of the joint commission for cooperation between the two countries.

The Iranian foreign minister and President Rahmon also called for cooperation in the fight against terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking, and other cross-border organized crime.

Also on Monday, Zarif and his Afghan counterpart Hanif Atmar in a meeting in Dushanbe underlined the need to expand bilateral relations in different fields.

During the meeting held on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia Conference in Tajikistan’s capital on Monday, Zarif and Atmar explored avenues for further bolstering and reinvigorating mutual cooperation.

During the meeting, Zarif blasted the efforts made by some countries and movements to harm Iran-Afghanistan relations.

The Iranian foreign minister, meantime, pointed to lifting consular limitations for Afghan nationals and said that these measures are aimed at fighting human trafficking gangs.

He also called for efforts to clarify Afghan nationals’ presence in Iran.

Atmar, for his part, appreciated Iran’s assistance in containing the fire in Afghan customs at common borders.

He described Iran as the closest friend for Afghanistan and called for developing constructive cooperation and consultations in economic and political fields.

Atmar also voiced Afghanistan’s readiness for holding a joint commission meeting within weeks.

The first Asian Heart Conference, also known as the Istanbul Process, was held in Istanbul in 2011 with the participation of foreign ministers from 14 countries to expand regional cooperation towards Afghanistan in 2011 with the focus of Afghanistan and Turkey’s efforts.

China, India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the United Arab Emirates were among the countries whose representatives attended the first Asia Heart Trends Conference.

  • source : iran news