|Algeria welcomes expansion of ties with Iran||
TEHRAN – President Abdelaziz Bouteflika says Algeria attaches great importance to its ties with Iran and called for expanding ties with Tehran in all areas.
The Algerian leader made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the 17th ministerial conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Algiers on Thursday.
Bouteflika also said Iran plays important role in regional and international developments. He also praised the moderate approach adopted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in international relations.
President Bouteflika also thanked Iran for its incessant efforts to promote the status of NAM, adding that those efforts have been in line with the interests of the member states.
Iran currently holds the rotating presidency of NAM.
He also expressed gratitude over Iran’s support for the Syrian people.
For his part, Zarif elaborated on Iran’s principled position toward regional developments including the ongoing conflict in Syria, saying that the Syrian crisis can only be resolved through political dialogue.
He called on the international community to take immediate action to end the war in Syria.
Commenting on spread of violence and extremism in some parts of the world, Zarif said it necessary that Iran and Algeria establish closer cooperation in campaign against terrorism and extremism.
Zarif arrived in Algeria on Tuesday to attend the NAM ministering meeting.
In a separate meeting with Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Thursday, Zarif praised the efforts made by the Algerian government to resolve international conflicts specifically the one in Syria.
He also said there is a good relation between the two countries and called for expansion of ties, specifically in economic sphere.
Commenting on some problems in Islamic countries specifically Syria, he said his country remains committed to its “principled” policy of not interfering in internal affairs of countries and pushing for peaceful resolution of conflicts.
The Iranian foreign minister also met with Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby and Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on the sidelines of the conference.
‘Iran to cooperate with independent countries in fight against violence’
In a separate meeting with Algerian National Assembly Speaker Mohamed Al-Arabi Walad Khalifa on Wednesday, Zarif said that Iran is ready to cooperate with independent countries in campaign against violence and extremism.
He added that adopting a moderate common policy is necessary in this endeavor.
Commenting on Iran’s important status in the region, the Algerian National Assembly speaker said Iran and Algeria have always enjoyed the opportunity to strengthen ties.
‘Kuwaiti emir’s visit to Iran will mark a turning point in ties’
The Iranian foreign minister said that the imminent trip by Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Iran will be a turning point which will open a new chapter in relations.
Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah on Thursday.
Sabah said that the expansion of Iran-Kuwait ties will serve the interests of all regional countries.
He made a reference to the efforts made by Kuwait in boosting fraternal and friendly relations with regional countries and praised President Hassan Rouhani’s policy regarding international ties.
The Kuwaiti emir will visit Iran on May 31 for a two-day visit.
Zarif also met with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah on the sidelines of the conference on Wednesday.
During the meeting they highlighted the important status of NAM in maintaining international peace and security.
The NAM meeting opened on Monday and ended on Thursday.
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