Publishe Date: 6:27 PM - 4/23/2014 | Print

Zarif Calls for Broadening of Iran-Latvia Ties

Politics - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that Tehran is resolved to broaden its relations with Riga.

"There is a possibility for the expansion of the relations (with Latvia) in different political, economic and cultural fields," the Iranian foreign minister said at a joint press conference with his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkevics.

Zarif pointed to Latvia's upcoming role as the next rotating president of the European Union, and said, "The grounds have been prepared for mutual cooperation between the two countries in all areas."

Zarif noted that he and his Latvian counterpart have discussed Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq during their talks.

Latvia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2015.

Rinkevics arrived in Tehran today on an official visit to discuss ways to promote Tehran-Riga relations with senior Iranian officials.

He is accompanied by several Latvian businessmen and economists during his stay in Tehran.

Rinkevics is the first senior Latvian official to visit Iran since independence of that country in early 1990s.

Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania are the Baltic group of states. Latvia is also a member of the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It joined euro countries since the beginning of 2014.

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