|Iranian VP meets Bolivian, Zimbabwean presidents||
TEHRAN – Iranian Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri who has participated in the summit of the Group of 77 developing countries in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz held talks on Saturday with the Bolivian and Zimbabwean presidents.
In his meeting with Bolivian President Evo Morales, Jahangiri said Iran is keen to expand relations with Bolivia in all areas.
Jahangiri is visiting the South American country to attend the 50th summit of the Group of 77 developing countries plus China in Bolivia’s city of Santa Cruz.
Jahangiri conveyed the warm greetings of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to his Bolivian counterpart and said that the Islamic Republic is ready to transfer its knowledge and expertise to Bolivia.
Morales, for his part, said that Tehran and La Paz are on the same front on fighting global imperialism and noted that the two countries’ cooperation could bring constructive outcomes.
He went on to say that the two countries have great political relations, though their ties in economic fields are limited because of a long geographical distance. He expressed hope that Tehran and La Paz would overcome the existing problems and achieve a satisfactory level of business cooperation.
Great achievements despite sanctions
Iran has made great achievements despite the imposed Western sanctions, Jahangiri said at a separate meeting with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday on the sidelines of the G-77 summit.
The Iranian first vice president noted that the country’s foreign policy is based on the promotion of friendly relations with African countries, and added that Tehran is prepared to expand its ties with Harare in all political, economic, and cultural areas.
“The Iranian nation has learnt to utilize pressures to gain self-sufficiency and therefore has been able to make great achievements despite the sanctions,” he said.
Also, the Zimbabwean president condemned sanctions regime and said the powers “believe that the entire world belongs to them and other countries are their servants.”
Mugabe also called for unity among countries that have been subject to “cruel sanctions” and added that the G-77 can serve well to achieve such an objective.
Jahangiri also held a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday and discussed a number of issues, including the latest developments in Iraq, Syria, Iran’s nuclear negotiations, and climate change.
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