Iran’s Top Diplomat, Bulgarian President Discuss Closer Ties

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in Bulgaria on the second leg of his tour of the Balkans, held talks with the president of the Eastern European country on a range of issues, including ways to boost the ties between the two nations.

Iran’s Top Diplomat, Bulgarian President Discuss Closer Ties

Speaking at the meeting held in Sofia on Wednesday, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev described Iran as a very important country in the region and said his country attaches great significance to the relations with the Islamic Republic.

He further emphasized that boosting economic ties with Iran is among the priorities of Bulgaria, adding that, accordingly, there is a necessity to eliminate obstacles in the way to promote bilateral trade.

Zarif, for his part, conveyed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s greetings to Radev and said Bulgaria is important to Iran from various points of view.

The Iranian top diplomat further called for closer trade relations between Tehran and Sofia and said Bulgaria plays a major role in connecting transit routes to Iran.

Zarif started his tour of the Balkans on Monday in a bid to boost relations between the Islamic Republic and countries in the Eastern European region.

After visiting Serbia and Bulgaria, Zarif is going to pay official visits to Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina to hold talks with senior officials of the Balkan countries.

A high-ranking political and economic delegation, including a number of Iranian entrepreneurs from the public and private sectors, are accompanying the top diplomat.

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