Iran, Tunisia Discuss Bilateral Ties, Regional Issues

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian foreign minister and the visiting Tunisian minister of trade and handicrafts held talks on a whole host of issues, including expansion of bilateral relations between the two Muslim nations and the latest developments in the region.

Iran, Tunisia Discuss Bilateral Ties, Regional Issues

In the meeting which was held in Tehran on Tuesday, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Nejla Harrouch explored avenues for the promotion of mutual cooperation between Tehran and Tunis in diverse areas.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran considers relations with Tunisia as very valuable and welcomes the expansion of ties at the bilateral and regional levels,” Zarif said in the meeting.

He also pointed to Iran’s scientific and industrial progress and said, “These capacities are at the service of our friends in the region."

 “We are ready to cooperate with Tunisia in all spheres, including in the area of modern technologies,” Zarif noted.

The Iranian foreign minister also commented on the successful holding of the recent presidential election in the North African country saying it was an outcome of integration of diverse political groups.

Earlier last week, the Tunisian Independent Election Commission announced the official results of second-round presidential votes.

The landmark second-round vote sets Tunisia apart from the turmoil of other Arab countries that went through uprisings that started in 2011 and were known by some as "the Arab Spring".

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian foreign minister described the threat posed by terrorism and extremism as a common challenge facing the regional countries and underscored the necessity for a more active role by the countries in fight against the “inauspicious phenomenon”.

The Tunisian minister, for her part, emphasized the importance of relations with regional nations, “friendly and brother countries like Iran” in particular, and called for the promotion of bilateral cooperation in all spheres, including economy, politics, tourism, science and culture.

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