0305 GMT November 29, 2021
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi called for boosting bilateral relations in separate meetings with foreign ambassadors to Tehran.
On Tuesday, Reisi met with the new ambassadors of France, Spain, New Zealand and Vatican City to Tehran to receive their credentials, president.ir reported.
In his meeting with New Zealand’s Ambassador Michael Wohi, Raeisi highlighted the need to boost ties between Tehran and Wellington.
Wohi said like Iran, his country is very concerned about the negative impacts of the climate change, wishing success for Iran in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi (R) speaks to Vatican City’s Ambassador to Iran Andeji Yusovic (L) in a meeting in Tehran on November 23, 2021.
Speaking to Vatican City’s Ambassador Andeji Yusovic, the Iranian president said paying greater attention to God Almighty and spirituality are at present most essential for the human society.
Raeisi added the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Jesus Christ (PBUH) must be discussed in scientific meetings between Muslims and Christians to bring their attitudes closer.
He noted, “Based on Qur’an’s teachings, our common aspect is being followers of Abrahamic religions, which helps foster unity and solidarity among us.”
If those who inflict cruelty on the world’s people pay attention to Jesus Christ’s teachings, they will change their approach, Raeisi said, stressing that Vatican City can play an active role to this end.
Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi (R) reads the credentials of the Netherlands’ Ambassador to Iran Frank Mollen (L) in a meeting in Tehran on November 23, 2021.
In the meeting with the Netherlands’ Ambassador Frank Mollen, Raeisi highlighted the need for expanding bilateral trade ties and increasing joint investments.
The Iranian president also called for closer cooperation in the fields of technology and environment as well as water sector.
He described as longstanding and historical trade, economic and cultural relations between Iran and the Netherlands.
Raeisi added deep-rooted countries, such as the Netherlands, are required to maintain their independence and refrain from being influenced by the global hegemony.
He said the Netherlands is home to hundreds of mosques, noting that respecting Muslims’ rights helps improve Europe’s culture and civilization.
“Today the [global] hegemonic system is using international humanitarian law as a pretext to pressure developing countries. This comes as, we [Iranians], based on our religious and  Islamic Revolution teachings, feel responsible and obliged to respect people’s rights, an example of which is the presence of four million Afghan refugees in Iran.”
The Dutch envoy said relations between Iran and the Netherlands date back to 400 years ago, adding Tehran has always been an important trade destination for Amsterdam.
He stressed that Iran is a powerful country in the region, saying the two countries are provided with great opportunities for boosting bilateral trade and investments.
Mollen praised the Islamic Republic’s reception of a large population of Aghan refugees.
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi (R) meets with Spanish Ambassador to Iran Angel Losada Fernandez (L) in Tehran on November 23, 2021.
In an address to his meeting with Spanish Ambassador Angel Losada Fernandez, Raeisi expressed Tehran’s willingness to develop relations with Madrid in various fields.
He described as unacceptable the current level of economic interactions between the two countries.
Calling for efforts to promote ties between Tehran and Madrid, the president said, “We are determined to expand economic, political, cultural and sport relations with Spain, as the two countries have good capacities for the purpose.”
The Spanish envoy promised he would do his utmost to strengthen diplomatic and economic bonds between the two states.