Tehran says is keen to cement ties with Colombia

March 13, 2011

TEHRAN -- Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for the Americas, Behrouz Kamalvandi, met with President of the Colombian Senate Armando Alberto Benedetti Villaneda in Bogota, the capital city of Colombia, on Saturday.

During the meeting, Kamalvandi stated that Iran is keen to increase cooperation with Colombia in various areas, particularly in the field of economy.
He added that cooperation between the two countries’ private sectors must be strengthened.
The Iranian official also briefed the Colombian official on Iran’s scientific and economic achievements and extended his invitation to Benedetti to travel to Tehran.
Benedetti said that he is eager to pay a visit to Iran and will visit the country if the ground is paved.
He also said that the Senate of Colombia is ready to lay the foundations for the promotion of ties with Tehran and Bogota, particularly in the field of economy.
In addition, the two sides exchanged views on the popular uprisings which are shaking the Middle Eastern and North African dictators to their foundations