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Published: 0228 GMT April 19, 2021

Zarif calls for speeding up of tariffs deal with Indonesia

Zarif calls for speeding up of tariffs deal with Indonesia

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed the need to speed up the finalization of a preferential tariffs agreement with Indonesia, expressing Iran’s readiness to continue negotiations in this regard.

Zarif made the remarks during a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi in Jakarta on Monday.

He voiced satisfaction with the increase in trade volume between the two countries, Press TV wrote.

The Iranian minister referred to decades-old friendly ties between the two countries, and hailed Indonesias principled stance at the UN Security Council on the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The US unilaterally left the deal three years ago and launched its maximum pressure” campaign against the Islamic Republic.

Marsudi lauded growth in bilateral ties, including economic cooperation, and expressed hope that the joint trade commission between the two countries and their negotiations would facilitate trade relations.

The two ministers also discussed other issues during the meeting, including ways to support international law and the latest developments in the Afghan peace process.


Capacity of economic cooperation

Later in the day, Zarif met Indonesian President Joko Widodo. During the meeting, Zarif thanked Indonesia for supporting the JCPOA and called for further boosting ties with Jakarta.  

The Indonesian president pointed to the significant capacity for economic cooperation and stressed the need for more consultations to materialize this goal, IRNA reported.

Widodo also welcomed the increase in trade relations between the two countries.

Zarif headed to Jakarta on Sunday as part of efforts aimed at strengthening bilateral ties.

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