1205 GMT April 21, 2021
The remarks were made by the head of Serbia's Parliamentary Friendship Group with Iran, Jasmina Karanac, in a Tuesday meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Serbia Rashid Hassanpour, IRNA reported on Wednesday.
She said the existence of parliamentary friendship groups and exchange of delegations between the two countries in the past show that their level of cooperation is favorable.
The Serbian official appreciated Iran for its principled stance on respecting other countries’ sovereignty and called for the continuation of cooperation with Tehran in international arenas.
She stressed the need for providing creative mechanisms for expanding economic and trade relations between Serbia and Iran in proportion to the two countries’ political ties while Tehran is under US unilateral sanctions.
In May 2018, under an executive order signed by former US president Donald Trump, Washington pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed between Tehran and the P5+1, and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Iran in a bid to cripple the country’s economy and bring the Islamic Republic to the negotiating table and hammer out a new nuclear deal.
Being part of the US “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran and mainly targeting the country’s oil and banking sectors, the sanctions, however, failed to produce the desired result thanks to the Iranian’s maximum resistance.
Congratulating Tehran on its achievements in developing the COVID-19 vaccine, Karanac expressed her respective country’s willingness to expand cooperation with Iran in the health sector, particularly in production of vaccines.
Addressing the same meeting, Iran’s ambassador said Tehran attaches great importance to its parliamentary ties with Belgrade.
Hassanpour welcomed cooperation between the two countries in the fight against the coronavirus, vaccine development and orchestrating and conducting national vaccination campaigns in the two states.
Commenting on Iran’s stances on international subjects, the ambassador said Tehran does not politicize issues of peace, security and stability.
Hassanpour also welcomed the Serbian official’s proposal for holding a webinar on the humanitarian crisis caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic with the participation of the members of the both countries’ parliamentary friendship groups.
In addition, the two officials discussed ways to develop cultural, scientific and technological relations.