News ID: 319590
Published: 0349 GMT January 22, 2022

Tehran to host first National Conference of Iran and Neighbors on Monday

Tehran to host first National Conference of Iran and Neighbors on Monday

International Desk

Tehran will host the first National Conference of Iran and Neighbors on Monday, said the secretary of the event’s executive committee on Saturday.

Hamzeh Safavi listed the speakers at the conference as Iran’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Economic Affairs and Finance Minister Ehsan Khandouzi, Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Hassan Sheikholeslami and Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, IRNA reported.

He noted that the conference will be held at the Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS).

Safavi said eight expert panels are expected to be held in the conference, focusing on issues such as Iran and good neighborliness policy, Iran and the resistance front, regional security arrangements, Iran’s scientific, cultural and civilizational interactions with neighbors, Iran’s environmental discussions with neighbors and trade corridors.

He added that for the past two years, the IPIS and the Institute for Islamic World Futures Studies (IIWFS) have been feeling a common concern over the need for placing further focus on a specific framework and governance system called the good neighborliness policy.

To meet the need, the two centers decided to hold the conference after, among other measures, attending close to 45 scientific meetings, Safavi added.

He said ahead of the conference, 10 specialized pre-sessions have so far been held, hosted by different Iranian universities including the University of Tehran, Shahid Beheshti University, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tarbiat Modares University, Supreme National Defense University, Imam Hossein (PBUH) University and Ferdowsi University in Mashhad.

Safavi described the conference as an event with a practical approach.

He noted that the ultimate target of the conference is to form a good neighborliness policy for the country, the achievement of which is currently faced with numerous problems, such as those related to conceptualization.

Safavi stressed that the good neighborliness policy must be among the structural priorities of Iran’s foreign policy.

Since taking office in August, the new Iranian administration, under President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, has constantly stressed that expansion of relations with neighbors and Asian countries is a top priority of its foreign policy.

Efforts and visits by the country’s top officials, such as the president himself and the foreign minister, over the past few months have been indicative of the Raeisi administration’s determination and resolve to this end.





Resource: IRNA
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