News ID: 210687
Published: 0406 GMT February 26, 2018

Serbian president: Belgrade is ready to promote ties with Tehran in all areas

Serbian president: Belgrade is ready to promote ties with Tehran in all areas
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (2nd R) meets Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Belgrade on February 26, 2018.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Belgrade is ready to promote ties with Tehran in all areas, underlining that Serbia has no limits in this regard.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the Serbia’s capital on Monday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry’s official website reported.

Both officials stressed on expansion of bilateral relations in political, economic and cultural fields. 

They also discussed cooperation in international organizations and regional issues.  

Earlier on the day, Zarif and his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic discussed ways to promote relations in different sectors and leading regional and international developments.

"We intend to expand relations between the two countries in all political, economic, cultural and parliamentary fields," Zarif said in a meeting with Dacic, Press TV reported.

He welcomed a decision passed by the Serbian government in August to lift visa requirements for Iranian nationals and noted that the possible establishment of a direct flight between the two countries would lead to a considerable increase in trade ties.

Zarif added that Tehran and Belgrade can also boost cooperation in the sectors of oil, gas, petrochemistry, mines, communications and agriculture.

The top Iranian diplomat said he carries President Hassan Rouhani's official invitation for his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic to pay a visit to Tehran.

The Serbian foreign minister expressed his country's keenness to strengthen all-out relations with Iran, particularly in trade and economic fields.

Zarif and Dacic also exchanged views about avenues for increasing cooperation in defense, science and technology as well as culture arenas.

Heading a politico-economic delegation, Zarif arrived in Belgrade earlier in the day at the first step of a four-nation tour of Eastern Europe.

During his two-day visit, the top Iranian diplomat plans to hold talks with senior Serbian officials. He is also scheduled to take part in a meeting between the Iranian and Serbian entrepreneurs.

At the end of his stay in Belgrade, Zarif would also travel to Bulgaria, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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