Salehi discusses ties with visiting Nicaraguan lawmaker

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

Press TV -(Wed Apr 10, 2013) Iran Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has met with the visiting Nicaraguan parliament speaker, discussing mutual ties as well as regional and international issues.

In his Wednesday morning meeting with Nicaragua’s top parliamentarian, Sandinista René Nunez, who is leading a delegation in his official visit to the Iranian capital of Tehran, Salehi described the long-standing ties between to two nations as “special,” adding that the exchange of visits by both countries’ officials can prove beneficial to bilateral expansion of ties.
Reiterating that expansion of ties with Latin American nations remains a top foreign policy priority of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Iranian foreign minister expressed Tehran’s willingness to share its expertise in the fields of agriculture, technology and other areas with Managua.
He further expressed optimism about continued growth and deepening of relations between Iran and the Latin American country.
Expressing condolences for the loss of lives in Tuesday’s strong earthquake in southern Iran, Nunez in turn underlined that relations between the Islamic Republic and Nicaragua initiated seven month after Iran’s Islamic revolution and two month after the Nicaraguan revolution in 1979, expressing hope that such ties will remain strong based on trust and friendship.
Nunez further described Iran as a developed country that can assist Nicaragua in the areas of technology and human resources, stressing that Managua needs friends such as Iran.
Earlier this week, the top Nicaraguan lawmaker also met with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani.

Fars NA -(Wed Apr 10, 2013) Iran, Nicaragua Stress Broadening Mutual Cooperation

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Nicaraguan Parliament Speaker Rene Nunez in a meeting in Tehran underlined the need for the further expansion of mutual cooperation between Tehran and Managua.
During the meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, the Iranian foreign minister and the Nicaraguan parliament speaker explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral ties.
Salehi pointed to the good and friendly relations between Tehran and Managua, and said, “Increasing the exchange of visits between Iranian and Nicaraguan officials will further help boost relations between Iran and Nicaragua.”
Nunez, for his part, said that bilateral ties between Iran and Nicaragua was first established seven months after the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran and two months after the victory of the Nicaraguan Revolution in the same year.
The Nicaraguan parliament speaker expressed the hope that Tehran and Managua will further broaden their all-out ties in the future.
Iran has been seeking to boost its ties with Latin American countries in recent years to the concern of the United States.
Since taking office in 2005, President Ahmadinejad has expanded Iran’s cooperation with many Latin American states, including Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Brazil.
The strong and rapidly growing ties between Iran and Latin America have raised eyebrows in the US and its western allies since Tehran and Latin nations have forged an alliance against the imperialist and colonialist powers and are striving hard to reinvigorate their relations with the other independent countries which pursue a line of policy independent from the US.

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