1045 GMT April 21, 2021
Zarif referred to the existing capacities for expansion of cooperation in different fields and appreciated Japarov for paying attention to bilateral relations, IRNA reported.
He also stressed the need to follow up the decisions made in the previous meeting of the Joint Commission of Economic Cooperation and expressed readiness for holding the commission’s 13th session.
Pointing to the cultural and civilizational commonalities of the two countries, Zarif said that the welfare, peace, and security of Kyrgyzstan are important to Iran.
The Kyrgyz president said that bolstering cooperation with Iran is of importance to Bishkek and that bilateral political relations and its continuation show that both countries are interested in promoting their ties.
Japarov expressed consent at the relationship between the parliaments of Iran and Kyrgyzstan and reminded that there are huge capacities for economic cooperation, especially in agriculture, medicine, and construction fields.
He also appreciated Iran for its humanitarian aid in countering the COVID-19 pandemic.
Threat of terrorism
Earlier in the day, Zarif held talk with his Kyrgyz counterpart Ruslan Kazakbaev.
During a meeting, Zarif warned that instability in Afghanistan and the spread of terrorism in the broader region are common threats facing the two Asian states.
Zarif thanked the government and people of Kyrgyzstan for their hospitality and congratulated them on holding successful elections, Press TV wrote.
“Today, I am very happy to be in Bishkek. I have the opportunity to talk to you at the start of the new government and emphasize the importance of Kyrgyzstan’s relations with Iran,” he said.
The top Iranian diplomat also referred to the deep historic, cultural and civilizational ties between the two nations and the people of the region.
“We have common interests and common threats,” such as insecurity and instability in neighboring Afghanistan and the spread of extremism and terrorism, Zarif said.
The common interests, he added, include benefiting from regional conditions to expand economic development and providing access to international waters and transit.
Zarif is in Kyrgyzstan on the second leg of his four-nation Central Asian tour that has already taken him to Uzbekistan, with Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan being his next destinations.
In Uzbekistan, he met with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov.