0609 GMT January 16, 2022
Iran’s top lawmaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and President of the National Council of Switzerland Andreas Aebi held a meeting in Tehran on Monday.
Speaking to reporters at a joint press conference after the meeting, Qalibaf hailed the age-old and deep-rooted relations between the two nations in the political, social, economic and cultural arenas, Tasnim News Agency reported.
He said they have held talks about a range of issues including Switzerland’s representation of the interests of the US, Canada and Saudi Arabia in Iran, the 2015 nuclear deal and Iran’s nuclear program, mutual cooperation in agriculture, water management and animal husbandry, enhancement of the tourism industry, and continuation of parliamentary interaction between the two countries.
Qalibaf also pointed to the talks about the dire situation in Afghanistan and its people’s needs, noting that Iran and Switzerland have expressed preparedness to help the Afghan nation.
For his part, the senior Swiss lawmaker highlighted Iran’s significant role in the region, saying Switzerland is also ready to play its role as a mediator, considering that it represents the US, Canada and Saudi Arabia’s interests in Iran.
Pointing to Iran’s woodlands and rich natural resources, Aebi said special emphasis has been placed on agricultural issues, cooperation in water and land management, and food security.
He also stressed the need to deliver humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, calling for closer cooperation in the provision of humanitarian assistance, which he described as an achievement of the modern era.