News ID: 302377
Published: 0251 GMT April 21, 2021

Serbia backs JCPOA, wishes Tehran success in Vienna talks: FM

Serbia backs JCPOA, wishes Tehran success in Vienna talks: FM

Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selaković reiterated his country's support for the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and wished success for Tehran in the ongoing Vienna talks.

Making the remarks in an exclusive interview with IRNA on the sidelines of his two-day visit to Tehran, which started on Satuday, Selaković said supporting the JCPOA, signed between Iran and the P5+1, has always been among the positions of his country.

He expressed hope that Tehran would reach an agreement with other signatories to the deal as soon as possible, which would be really important not only for Iran, but also for the region and the entire world.

Commenting on his meeting on Saturday with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran, the Serbian FM said his Iranian counterpart had informed him of the talks in Vienna.

He wished Iran great luck at the negotiations table.

Selaković also expressed gratitude toward the Islamic Republic of Iran for its permanent and principled continuous support for Serbia.

In addition to Zarif, Selaković met with President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf as well as a number of senior officials during his stay in Tehran.

Elaborating on the outcomes of his visit, he described the meetings as really good and fruitful.

The two countries of the Republic of Serbia and the Islamic Republic of Iran, the minister added, are two friendly states with a very good level of political relations, giving each other the mutual political support in the international arena.

Serbia respects the Islamic Republic of Iran’s sovereignty, he stressed, and likewise, Iran respects and supports Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

To a question regarding an MoU signed between the two sides in his visit, Selaković said it was a really good deal for the two countries.

Iran and Serbia signed an MoU to enhance bilateral cooperation and hold consultations on regional and international issues, during Selakovic’s meeting with Zarif in Tehran on Saturday, according to Press TV.

According to the document, the two countries would expand cordial relations based on the principles of equality, sovereignty, territorial integrity, noninterference in internal affairs, mutual respect and common interests.

It stressed the importance of holding periodic meetings and consultations between the two countries on bilateral, regional and international issues.

Tehran and Belgrade also agreed to make joint efforts to solve regional and global crises through political and diplomatic means.

The MoU defines the two countries’ mutual will to resume their political consultations, Selaković added, expressing hope that Belgrade would be able to host an Iranian delegation as soon as possible to deepen mutual cooperation through consultations.

The MoU comprises different prospects for cooperation, he said, describing it as a legal basis for expanding relations between the two countries.

The two sides also discussed preparing the ground for the holding of the 16th meeting of the joint committee for economic cooperation as soon as the pandemic allows them, the minister added.

On cooperation between Serbia and Iran in the fight against the coronavirus, Selaković said he informed the Iranian president of the measures his country has taken since the outbreak of the pandemic to protect people’s health and fight the virus.

He added that in the meetings with the Iranian officials he voiced the Serbian vaccine institutes’ willingness to share experience with Iran.

On the prospects of relations between Serbia and Iran, Selaković said political relations between the two countries are at a high level, expressing hope that economic ties would also see a boost.

Elaborating on cultural commonalities between Iran and Serbia, the minister noted that there are over 1,000 words in the Serbian language which come from the Persian.

He concluded saying that that the similarities between the two countries and their cultures can be used as a basis for the improvement of relations.



Resource: IRNA
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