DIPLOMACY

ForMin Comanescu welcomes Iran’s Deputy ForMin for Europe and America

Romania’s Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu on Sunday welcomed Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe and America Majid Takht Ravanchi.

The meeting concentrated on the latest developments in the implementation of projects agreed upon during a visit to Teheran, March 1-2, by the Romanian chief diplomat accompanied by a retinue of business people, Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) reports in a press statement.

Comanescu is quoted as having underscored the dynamic nature of the political dialogue between Romania and Iran, and as highlighting the wish to support privately-owned companies and the private business environment of both countries in order to resume economic cooperation in areas of shared interest such as transport, energy, petrochemicals, oil and gas, finance and banking, agriculture, culture and education.

Ravanchi is quoted as voicing satisfaction with the rising trends in the bilateral relationships between Iran and Romania, confirming Iran’s wish for developing and diversifying sectorial cooperation with Romania in various areas of mutual interest.

The two officials also exchanged opinions on the latest developments in the Middle East, agreeing that consultations between Romania and Iran over regional security should be boosted.

At the same time, they hailed the latest progress with implementing a comprehensive joint action plan that provides multiple opportunities for improved regional cooperation to the benefit of all parties involved.

July 11-12, Bucharest hosts political consultations between Romania and Iran at the level of state secretaries/deputy ministers with the foreign ministries. The previous such consultations were held in Teheran in August 2014.

 

MAE: Romania and Iran have potential to cooperate in common interest areas

 

Secretary of State for Global Affairs Daniela Gitman on Monday had political consultations with Iranian deputy foreign minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi, in which context the two officials established that Romania and Iran have the potential and the favourable framework to agree and put into practice some new mechanisms of cooperation in common interest areas.

According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) release, some of these areas are transports, agriculture, energy, scientific research, culture and education, tourism, oil and natural gas.

In context, the two dignitaries highlighted the timeliness of convening, by the end of the year, the two states’ joint committee on economic cooperation and establishing sectoral working groups.

“Moreover, Secretary of State Daniela Gitman and Iran’s deputy foreign minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi, assessed the most recent developments in the region, with a focus on the crisis situations in the Middle East, such as the one in Syria, the conflict in Yemen, the situation in Iraq, the fight against Daesh, reiterating the importance of a consolidated coordination of the international community in combating extremism and terrorism,” the MAE points out.

The Romanian Secretary of State voiced support for the EU’s efforts of constructive reinsertion of Iran in the regional balance and highlighted that Iran can assume a first rank role in respect to the fight against terrorism, the release reads.

“On the grounds of the tensions generated by the migration phenomenon and the various regional conflict cauldrons, the two sides underscored the importance of promoting some negotiated political solutions, as well as religious tolerance and combat of extremism under all its forms. Last but not least, they agreed to keep a proper level of the consultations at the foreign ministries’ level on major interest topics to support the efforts devoted to identifying solutions to the current security challenges,” the MAE release also shows.

On the other hand the two diplomats underscored the ascending trend of the political-diplomatic relations after the signing of the Common and Comprehensive Action Plan between Iran and the international community, represented by the E3+3 Group and IAEA, and highlighted the “common will to strengthen the political dialogue on all levels.”

“Secretary of State Daniela Gitman said that signing the nuclear agreements with Iran and the debut of the process of lifting the international sanctions have opened new prospects, with a positive impact on the Romanian-Iranian cooperation, both on a bilateral and on a regional and international level,” the release reads.

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