News ID: 127191
Published: 0250 GMT September 18, 2015

Tehran ‘ready to enhance ties with Dhaka’

Tehran ‘ready to enhance ties with Dhaka’

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed the Islamic Republic’s readiness to enhance relations with Bangladesh in all areas, calling for the removal of obstacles in the way of mutual trade.

He made the comments in a visit to Bangladesh, where he met with a number of top officials, including President Abdul Hamid, Premier Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali, Press TV reported.

In a meeting with the Bangladeshi prime minister, Zarif described the Iranian energy sector as a “trustworthy partner” for the Southeast Asian country.

Sheikh Hasina welcomed the development of mutual relations between Iran and Bangladesh in various fields, including economic and cultural areas.

Zarif also hailed the friendly relationship between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the South Asian country as an ideal example.

The Iranian minister further said “political motives” have triggered divisions in several crisis-hit countries in the Middle East.

“What has created divisions in Yemen, Syria and Iraq is not sectarianism, but political motives,” Zarif said.

In a meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart, Zarif said a visa waiver program between the two countries could contribute to the promotion of Tehran-Dhaka ties.

The two ministers further exchanged views on regional and international developments.

Zarif also sat down with the Bangladeshi president. During the meeting, the two sides ruled out military solutions to the crises in the Middle East, saying regional conflicts will be settled through dialogue and political approaches.

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