|Indonesian president seeks greater cooperation with Iran||
TEHRAN – Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Jakarta on Friday called for expansion of cooperation with Iran.
Yudhoyono also called his meeting with Zarif constructive, saying that such meetings will help strengthen bilateral relations.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been invited to visit Indonesia.
The invitation was made when Dipo Alam, secretary of the Indonesian government and special envoy of the Indonesian president, visited Iran at the head of a delegation in February.
The Indonesian leader said Rouhani’s visit to the Southeast Asian country would help improve ties.
Zarif, for his part, said the two countries have great potential to expand relations.
‘Dear friend and colleague’
At a press with his Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalagawa in Jakarta on Thursday, Zarif said Iran and Indonesia can play an important role in promoting global peace and security.
On Iran’s nuclear program, Zarif said that Iran’s nuclear activities are peaceful and “nobody can dismantle that”.
Zarif reiterated Tehran’s position that Iran is ready to provide assurances that its nuclear program is solely peaceful.
“The best way is for Iran to continue its peaceful nuclear program under the necessary monitoring by the international framework of the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] and the instruments that are available at the IAEA. We are prepared to discuss those instruments,” the Jakarta Post quoted Zarif as saying.
Natalagawa also called Zarif ‘a dear friend and colleague’ and said that Indonesia is thrilled to receive a top Iranian diplomat.
He said that the two countries are making efforts to expand relations in banking and investment sectors.
Zarif arrived in the Indonesian capital late on Wednesday after a two-day visit to Japan.
He was scheduled to meet with some other Indonesian officials during his two-day visit to Jakarta.
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