Iran Ready to Work with Portugal in War on Terror
- September, 25, 2021 - 14:51
- Politics news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian voiced the country’s readiness for cooperation with Portugal in the battle against terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crimes.
The top Iranian diplomat held a meeting with his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Friday.
Pointing to the 500-year history of the relations between Iran and Portugal as a major asset in their friendly ties, Amirabdollahian said Portugal has an important standing both in the European Union and in terms of geopolitical position.
He also expressed Iran’s readiness for cooperation with Portugal in the fields of fighting terror, narcotics and organized crime, underlining the need for both sides to show political will in the negotiations on the finalization of mutual understandings and agreements.
Amirabdollahian also noted that scientific cooperation and collaboration among universities are among the key elements in bilateral ties that can be further developed.
For his part, the Portuguese minister reiterated his country’s support for the multilateral and fundamental international policy and opposition to unilateralism and violation of law, saying Lisbon’s support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal follows the same logic.
He said the foreign policy of a country should not be solely based on short-term interests or geopolitical topics, adding that common threats and interests across the globe should also be taken into account.
Santos Silva further stressed the necessity of avoiding politicization of people’s contacts and normal trade among countries. He said Portugal seeks to boost its ties with Iran.