Friday, December 14, 2012

Bilateral Relations: Iran, Cuba discuss issues of mutual interest

Source: IRNA

Madrid, Dec 13, IRNA – Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and visiting Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji discussed issues of mutual interest including ways of expanding Tehran-Havana relations.

In the meeting, the Cuban foreign minister described Tehran-Havana ties as strategic and said "We declare our supports for Iran's peaceful nuclear program."

He also voiced his country's readiness to promote ties in the field of technology and exchange of expertise to counter the plots hatched against and sanctions imposed on Iran by its enemies.

Parrilla also conveyed warm greetings of the Cuban President Raul Castro to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and expressed pleasure with the current level of friendly bilateral ties.

He also hoped that President Castro would visit Tehran next year.

Khaji, for his part, conveyed the greetings of Iranian officials to the Cuban leaders and called for promotion of ties with the country in all fields.

He also submitted Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi's written message to his Cuban counterpart and voiced Iran's readiness to participate in the Cuban economic and infrastructural projects.

Expressing satisfaction with the current level of bilateral ties, he underlined the need to make optimal use of existing capacities in line with developing bilateral ties in the economic and scientific fields.

During his Latin American tour, Khaji has already visited Venezuela, Bolivia, Uruguay and Cuba and held talks with those countries' officials.