0641 GMT November 22, 2019
Speaking in a joint press conference with visiting Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomír Zaorálek in the Iranian capital, Tehran, Zarif said the two countries should strengthen cooperation in fighting against extremism, while trying to find solutions for the humanitarian plight of refugees, drug trafficking and organized crimes, Press TV reported.
The Iranian foreign minister also stated that grounds have been prepared for Tehran and Prague to expand economic cooperation, particularly after the lifting of sanctions against Iran, following the nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and six world powers on July 14.
The Iranian foreign minister stated that he had held negotiations with “influential” regional countries in recent weeks on the fight against terrorism.
He also expressed hope that such discussions would help establish stability in “our very sensitive region”.
“All countries should join the fight against terrorist groups and avoid taking measures which will finally benefit extremist groups,” the Iranian foreign minister said.
Zarif emphasized that the campaign against terrorism should not be confined to only “military confrontation,” but should also include other fields including culture and economy.
He said Iran has proved that it is a country, which constantly fights against violence, extremism and terrorism.
“Unfortunately, the United States’ policy in the region has fueled violence and extremism and the US allies in the region are currently supporting violence and extremism directly and indirectly,” Zarif said.
Noting that the US officials and other international actors should avoid making “irrelevant” remarks and stoking more chaos in the region, the Iranian foreign minister emphasized that they should understand regional realities.
Zarif criticized inhuman treatment of refugees who are fleeing their homelands to different parts of the world to get rid of extremism and terrorism, saying that Iran has hosted millions of refugees over the past three decades coming from its neighboring countries.
He expressed Iran's readiness, as a serious actor and a peace-seeking country in the region, to cooperate with regional states and the international community to fight violence and extremism.
The Czech foreign minister said the Vienna nuclear agreement would reinforce security in West Asia and play a great role in bolstering Iran’s ties with the international community.
The Iran nuclear agreement would also prepare the ground for Iran and the Czech Republic to improve relations, he added, hoping that the European Union would lift sanctions, particularly financial bans, against Iran in 2016.
The Czech foreign minister also called for further expansion of economic, political, cultural and educational cooperation with Iran.
Zaorálek said Iran plays a key role in the fight against drug trafficking, expressing his country’s willingness to cooperate with the Islamic Republic in this regard.
age:E�'I���`�t after the positive conclusion of the nuclear talks, a solution will be facilitated for the bloody conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Iran, a leading regional power, can make an important contribution in this regard.
Many Austrians are fascinated by the rich cultural heritage and ancient history of Iran. We expect a significant increase of Austrian tourists to Iran in the years to come. Austria´s tourism industry and her tourism colleges are ready to provide their know-how in these areas.
Over many years, Iran has been Austria’s second most important business partner outside Europe. It is a country rich in natural resources and highly educated people, which has been at the crossroads of important trade routes for thousands of years.
During the “Iran-EU Conference, Trade and Investment” organized by Iran on July 23-24, 2015 in Vienna, interesting investment opportunities have been presented. In preparation of my visit, Iranian ad Austrian ministries have identified areas of a future cooperation. A roadmap will be worked out which will identify projects in the fields of energy, environmental technology, tourism, infrastructure, transportation, forestry and civil protection. Austrian companies are highly interested in joint ventures with Iranian companies in order to realize the great potential of the Iranian market as partners.
I am convinced that my visit to Iran will bring the people of our two countries closer, and I am very much looking forward to it.