0536 GMT June 26, 2022
Under the present circumstances that the U.S. cruel and illegal sanctions have been imposed against the Islamic Republic, it is important which countries stand by Iran during hard times, said the Parliament speaker.
Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf made the remarks in a Monday meeting with the chairman of the Iran-Croatia parliamentary friendship group, Zlatko Hasanbegovic, in Tehran, ISNA reported.
Turning to the Vienna talks on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal, he added the United States, by demonstrating conflict between its words and actions, is preventing the negotiations from coming to fruition.
He stressed that Iran and Croatia have known their true friends during hardship, saying the tough days during the Balkan wars helped bring the two countries closer to one another.
Qalibaf highlighted the necessity of facilitating relations between Iranian and Croatian traders and private sectors, giving the assurance that the move will, within one year, lead to a significant rise in bilateral economic ties.
He added the two sides’ parliamentary friendship groups can help further activate and facilitate bilateral trade relations, thus, significantly boosting economic ties between Iran and Croatia.
Congratulating the Croatian official on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Tehran and Zagreb, Qalibaf expressed hope that Hasanbegovic’s visit would be of contribution to the expansion of political, economic and cultural ties as well as the greater dynamism of the inter-parliamentary relations.
The Parliament speaker stressed that legislative bodies make great contributions to the sustainability of relations among countries, saying boosting ties among parliamentary friendship groups is a necessary step to this end.
Hasanbegovic said Iran was among the very first Asian states to recognize his country’s independence, noting that bilateral relations are at a favorable level, featuring no unresolved issues.
He described bilateral ties as friendly and deep, expressing hope that following the achievement of an agreement in the Vienna talks, which is a heartfelt desire of the Croatian nation and government, trade would further increase.
On Saturday, in remarks at a meeting with Hasanbegovic, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian pointed to the talks between the two countries’ officials over the past months, expressing willingness to boost bilateral ties and cooperation.