Raisi’s visit to Indonesia to open new chapter in ties: FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has termed the upcoming visit of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Indonesia as the commencement of a new chapter in relations between the two major Muslim nations.

In an exclusive article published in the Indonesian newspaper Jakarta Post, Amirabdollahian said that the upcoming state visit of the Islamic Republic of Iran President Ebrahim Raisi to Jakarta, which will come in response to an invitation of Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, will mark a turning point in the bilateral relations between the two countries.

He noted that the two countries share close position on issues in the two regions of the Middle East and East Asia and have cultural and civilizational commonalities, adding that there is a great potential for cooperation in various fields. 

"The Islamic Republic of Iran, within the framework of a balanced, smart, and dynamic foreign policy, attaches special prominence to the development of relations with Indonesia," said the Iranian top diplomat.

He further noted that Iran and Indonesia seek to deepen cooperation in various areas, including political, economic, trade, energy, scientific and technological, cultural, parliamentary, and security fields.

"The two countries have common positions on regional, international, and Islamic issues, and continuous negotiations between the two sides on these matters are ongoing," he underlined.

Recognizing the need to strengthen regional relations, Amirabdollahian noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran commends the performance of ASEAN and emphasizes its willingness to develop relations with other member states of the regional bloc within the framework of a Treaty of Amity and Cooperation signed in 2017.

"Issues such as the necessity of unity among Islamic countries, promoting the true image of Islam in the world, combating extremism and Islamophobia, and supporting the interests of Muslims worldwide, including the oppressed Palestinian people, are the points that align the foreign policy of the two countries on a common path," wrote Amirabdollahian in the opinion piece. 

"Undoubtedly, countries that have noteworthy weight in the Islamic world can play a leading role in realizing the interests of the Ummah. Based on this, Iran welcomes the strengthening of cooperation with Indonesia, as one of the essential and influential predominantly Muslim countries in the world," he said.

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