|Iran’s Zarif warns about consequences of extremism||
TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says violence will spill over into all corners of the world if extremism is not dealt with seriously.
He made the remarks during a joint press conference with his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders after their meeting in Tehran on Sunday.
“All those sponsoring extremism and sectarianism will endanger themselves, their region, and their neighboring countries, and a regional cooperation is required to fight this regional and global phenomenon,” Zarif said.
He also commented on bilateral relations between Tehran and Brussels, saying the Islamic Republic is a safe and secure place to do business.
He added that the private sectors of Iran, Belgium, and the European Union can work together.
“There is a good opportunity for Belgian companies to return to Iran and find their place,” he added.
Zarif also said that prior to the press conference, he and the top Belgian diplomat had talked about a range of issues of common concern, including Afghanistan, extremism and terrorism facing the region, the deteriorating situation in Syria, the necessity of fight against illicit drugs.
The senior Iranian diplomat also said he and Reynders exchanged views on the prospects of enhancing bilateral ties in various areas.
Reynders, for his part, said that Brussels is keen to expand relations with Tehran and take measures to help the Islamic Republic to increase ties with the European Union and the international community.
He added that in light of a comprehensive agreement between Iran and the six world powers prospected in July, there would be ample opportunities for the two countries to enhance their trade ties.
Iran and the six world powers, namely France, Britain, The United States, China, Russia, and Germany, agreed in November last year to work on a comprehensive agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program within a six-month period.
Belgium taking steps to block entry of foreign fighters into Syria
Elsewhere in his remarks, he said that Belgium is taking measures to stop foreign fighters from entering Syria.
“We are trying to identify and prosecute these people since a number of the youth have turned into extremist elements and are involved in the (Syrian) internal war and the heinous violence there,” he said.
He added that after returning from Syria, these elements will pose a threat to the international community.
Reynders also extended an invitation to Zarif to pay a visit to Brussels.
The Belgian diplomat also met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on the same day and discussed various issues.
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