News ID: 155894
Published: 0156 GMT July 30, 2016

Deputy FM: Iran determined to boost cooperation with ASEAN

Deputy FM: Iran determined to boost cooperation with ASEAN

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour said on Friday that Iran is determined to open a new chapter in cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Rahimpour made the remarks in a meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Jakarta where he is to attend the Sixth Political Consultative Committee session, IRNA reported.

Rahimpour thanked Indonesia as an ASEAN member for supporting Iran's accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) that was approved by the ASEAN in the 49th Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Laos on July 24.

ASEAN is a regional organization comprising 10 Southeast Asian states which promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic integration among its members. Since its formation on August 8, 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, ASEAN’s membership has expanded to include Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Its principal aims include accelerating economic growth, social progress, and socio-cultural evolution among its members, alongside the protection of regional stability and the provision of a mechanism for member states to resolve differences peacefully.

Rahimpour said Indonesia is a priority in Iran’s foreign policy, adding that a planned visit by Indonesian President Joko Widodo to Tehran would play a very important role in accelerating agreements previously signed between the two countries and strengthening bilateral relations.

The Indonesian foreign minister referred to Iran's support for Indonesia in regional and international circles and said her country favors promotion of relations between ASEAN and the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in which Iran is a founding member.

"Jakarta considers Iran as its friend," said Marsudi, emphasizing that her country is ready to improve relations with Iran at regional and international levels.

The two sides also urged boosting banking transactions in a bid to facilitate trade cooperation between Tehran and Jakarta.






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