TEHRAN – Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci has described as “positive” the latest nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers in Almaty, Kazakhstan, saying that his country is ready to host the next round of talks.
Medelci made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian who was visiting Algeria to discuss bilateral and regional issues on Thursday.
Iran and the world powers known as the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) held meetings on February 26 and 27 in Almaty to negotiate dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program. The two sides agreed to meet again at the same venue in April after meeting at expert level in Istanbul on March 18.
The Algerian official also described relations with Iran as “friendly”, and said Muslim countries should maintain unity against common threats.
Medelci hailed Iran for supporting the oppressed people of Palestine and emphasized that Tehran and Algiers are of the opinion that the Syrian crisis should be resolved through national political dialogue.
The Iranian diplomat praised the good relations between Iran and Algeria, adding that the volume of trade ties between the two Muslim countries is not commensurate with the great potentials of the two.
Commenting on the Syrian crisis, Amir-Abdollahian called for regional and international cooperation to help cease violence in Syria, saying, “Unfortunately certain sides involved in the Syrian crisis are rejecting any negotiation to solve the current problems, and are practically promoting violence.”
He also condemned the recent hostage crisis in Algeria, in which 38 civilians and 29 militants died in a gas plant.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Amir-Abdollahian put an emphasis on Iran’s firm policy to promote regional and international peace and security, and denounced terrorism, violence, and extremism.
He also appreciated Algeria’s support for Iran’s nuclear program.
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