0723 GMT September 18, 2021
Iran’s new President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi discussed the expansion of relations with Latin American countries and Bosnia and Herzegovina in separate meetings in Tehran on Tuesday with the secretary-general of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and the Bosnian foreign minister.
The two officials are in Iran to attend Raeisi’s swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, IRNA reported.
In his meeting with ALBA’s secretary-general, Sacha Sergio Llorenti Soliz, Raeisi said Iran and the member countries of the alliance share common values.
He added that the Islamic Republic is determined to further expand its political and economic relations with ALBA member states, noting that the move is in line with the sides’ common values and stances.
The Iranian president stressed the enhancement of cooperation between Iran and ALBA states, saying it is necessary to draw up appropriate plans to this end and increase bilateral, regional and international collaboration.
The world’s arrogant powers that constantly put forward their excessive demands deem efforts by independent and freedom-seeking countries anti-values and conspire against them, he noted, adding no doubt, greater cooperation between Iran and Latin American countries can foil plots by the Americans and other arrogant powers.
Expressing satisfaction with representing the nine ALBA member states in Raeisi’s inauguration ceremony and congratulating the new president on his June 18 election victory, Llorenti Soliz said the alliance seeks to further develop relations between its members and the Islamic Republic.
He also noted that ALBA and Iran share many commonalities and both seek to defend the independence and sovereignty of countries and resist the excessive US demands.
Iran’s new President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi (R) meets with Bosnian Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic in Tehran on August 3, 2021.
In the meeting with Bosnian Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic, Raeisi said Iran’s main policies are protecting other countries’ territorial integrity and defending the world’s innocent people.
He stressed that Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina are required to improve their relations based on the mutual interests of their people.
Raeisi described as friendly and deep-rooted relations between Tehran and Sarajevo, adding the ground is prepared for the two countries to increase interactions and exchanges with each other in different fields.
He urged the two sides to identify their capacities to this end and use them in line with their interests.
The Iranian president regretted that many of the moves made in the present-day world are against humanitarian law and mainly by those claiming to be the flagbearers in this area.
Congratulating Raeisi’s election win, the Bosnian FM said her country is always thankful to the Islamic Republic of Iran for the stances it adopts and the support it provides Bosnia and Herzegovina.
She expressed willingness to improve the level of ties between Sarajevo and Tehran, stressing that Bosnia and Herzegovina will always stand by Iran and back the country on the international scene.
Raeisi, ex-Judiciary chief, won Iran’s 13th presidential election with a landslide to succeed Hassan Rouhani, who served two-four year terms in office.
Raeisi officially became the eighth president of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Tuesday after his mandate was endorsed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei at a ceremony in Tehran.