0740 GMT January 22, 2022
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Son Gwon expressed hope that Pyongyang and Tehran would further expand their relations.
He made the remarks in a message to his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, congratulating him on securing the Parliament’s vote of confidence and becoming the head of the Islamic Republic’s diplomatic apparatus, IRNA reported.
“I believe that the friendly relations and close cooperation between the two countries have been founded and developed on the bases of the joint fight against imperialism and defending sovereignty. The two states have developed bilateral ties in different fields,” said the North Korean top diplomat.
Amir-Abdollahian received a vote of confidence from the Iranian Parliament in August to succeed Mohammad Javad Zarif, who had served two four-year terms as the country’s foreign minister.
Over the past few weeks, congratulatory messages addressed to Amir-Abdollahian by his counterparts have been pouring in, containing calls for the expansion of political and economic relations with the new Iranian administration under President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi.
On Thursday, Amirabdollahian received congratulatory letters from his Dutch, Croatian, South Korean, Senegalese and Malagasy counterparts.
Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman expressed confidence that constant negotiations and cooperation between Zagreb and Tehran will contribute to the two nations’ welfare.
South Korean FM Chung Eui-yong expressed hope for stronger collaboration between the two countries, which have maintained diplomatic relations since 1962.
Since being sworn in as the eighth Iranian president, Raeisi has stressed that the main priority in his administration’s foreign policy is maintaining close and friendly relations with the regional and neighboring countries.
Reiterating the same point in late August, Amir-Abdollahian tweeted that his main foreign policy priority is improving ties with the neighboring as well as Asian countries.
The Iranian foreign minister also underlined that he is intent on pursuing a balanced, dynamic and smart foreign policy based on the principles of mutual respect, wisdom and expediency.