29 July 2016 - 12:44
  • News Code: 265928
Iran to Open New Chapter in Cooperation with ASEAN

TEHRAN, July 29 (Shana) – Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs, Ebrahim Rahimpour, said on Friday that Iran is determined to open a new chapter in cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Rahimpour, who is in Jakarta to attend the Sixth Political Consultative Committee session, and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi.

Rahimpour thanked Indonesia for supporting Iran's accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) that was approved by the ASEAN in the 49th Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Vientiane, Laos.

ASEAN members include Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia.

The Iranian envoy underlined Iran's willingness for opening a new chapter in cooperation with the ASEAN.

Rahimpour said Iran's diplomacy gives priority to relations with Indonesia and described as "very important" the visit of Indonesian President Joko Widodo as it will expedite implementation of accords and consolidate ties.

The Indonesian Foreign Minister in turn emphasized Iran's support for Indonesia in regional and international circles and said her country favors promotion of relations between ASEAN and the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) to which Iran is a founding member.

"Jakarta considers Iran as its friend and brother," said Marsudi, congratulating Iran for its accession to the Amity and Cooperation with ASEAN.

She said her country is prepared for promotion of ties with Iran on bilateral, regional and international levels.

The two sides also underlined promotion of banking relations that will give an impetus to commercial ties. 
They also asked for more activation of their banks.
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