Raisi urges ties among regional states, Latin America
TEHRAN: Iran’s newly elected President Ebrahim Raisi urged on Thursday cooperation among regional states for peace and security, according to Iran’s presidential website.
Raisi made the remarks during meetings with heads of foreign delegations who arrived in the capital Tehran ahead of his swearing-in ceremony.
Iran and Turkey have more than neighborly relations. Common beliefs and understandings have brought the people of the two countries very close to each other, said Raisi in a meeting with Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop.
“Tehran and Ankara have good potentials to develop relations in all fields,” he said, adding promotion of cooperation between the two countries can help improve regional and international cooperation.
For his part, Sentop congratulated Raisi on his win of Iran’s presidential election and wished him success on behalf of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“The relations between Iran and Turkey … are very important for the realization of peace at the international stage,” Sentop said.
In a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Tehran, Raisi said the security of region should be ensured by the regional countries themselves, and “Iran is ready to use its potentials to establish lasting peace and prevent bloodshed in Afghanistan.”
“Iran wants security, welfare and dignity of the Afghan people and has not and will not fail to help achieve this goal,” he said.
The foreign interference is the root cause of insecurity and tension in Afghanistan, the new Iranian president noted.
Ghani also congratulated Raisi on his election and expressed hope for a new chapter in Iran-Afghanistan relations.
“Afghanistan wants to develop its political and economic relations with Iran in all fields,” he said.
On Thursday, Raisi also called for enhancement of the level of relations between Iran and Iraq during his tenure in the office.
“As stated by the (Iranian) Supreme Leader, the Islamic Republic of Iran wants a strong and powerful Iraq,” he said in a meeting with visiting Iraqi President Barham Salih.
“A powerful sovereign Iraq can also play a very constructive role in the security arrangements of the region,” Salih said.
Raisi further called for immediate departure of foreign forces from Syria.
“The remnants of foreign forces must get out of Syria as soon as possible, so that the (Syrian) nation would be able to start the process of reconstruction strongly and rapidly,” Raisi said in a meeting with visiting Syrian Parliament Speaker Hamoudeh al-Sabbagh.
Raisi vowed further boost of political and economic relations between Iran and Syria during his presidency.
“We will keep up the existing partnership and cooperation between the two countries vigorously, as there is no limitation to the expansion of the brotherly ties between the two states,” he said.
For his part, al-Sabbagh thanked Iran for its support for the Arab state in its fight against terrorism.
Moreover, Raisi described the level of the Iran-Russia relations as “good but insufficient.”
“Tehran-Moscow relations should enter a new era, and major steps need to be taken for their development,” he said in a meeting with Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the Russian State Duma, or the lower parliament house.
There is no obstacle to the comprehensive development of relations between the two countries, Raisi said.
“We (Russia and Iran) are determined to implement the policies of Economy of Resistance to promote resilience to economic shocks, especially against the oppressive sanctions of the United States and Europe,” he added.
Volodin also congratulated Raisi on his election, emphasizing the need to improve cooperation between the two countries in all fields.
Raisi was elected as Iran’s new president on June 18, and entered the office after the supreme leader’s decree and swearing-in ceremony in the parliament on Thursday.
Earlier, Ebrahim Raisi pointed to ties with Latin American countries as one of Iran’s priorities, according to a briefing released on Wednesday on the Iranian Presidency’s official website.
Raisi made the remarks in a meeting held in the capital Tehran on Tuesday night with Sacha Llorenti, visiting secretary-general of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).–Xinhua
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