Iranian Diplomat, Slovenian FM Discuss Bilateral Ties
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Visiting Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for American and European Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi and Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec held talks about a whole range of issues, including ways to deepen bilateral relations between the two countries.
In the meeting held in Ljubljana on Thursday, Takht Ravanchi highlighted the Iranian authorities’ political will to strengthen ties between the Islamic Republic and Slovenia in diverse areas.
He emphasized that the two countries’ strategy in foreign policy to “develop economic diplomacy” provides a solid foundation for stronger trade ties between Tehran and Ljubljana.
The deputy foreign minister further touched upon the recent consultations between Erjavec and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York and reminded the Slovenian top diplomat about Zarif’s invitation to visit Iran.
Erjavec, for his part, hailed Takht Ravanchi’s visit and talks as constructive and exchanged views about the numerous capacities of the two nations to boost economic cooperation and bilateral trade.
Back in September, Slovenian foreign minister had announced that the Balkan country’s president, Borut Pahor, has plans to travel to Tehran in the near future to meet with high-ranking Iranian officials.
Erjavec also had noted that Ljubljana intends to reopen its embassy in Tehran, which had been shut down in a bid to cut expenses.
In March 2013, in response to the difficult financial and economic situation in Slovenia, the European country’s government had decided to shrink its diplomatic network as part of general austerity policies.