Tehran, Vilnius should move towards initiating broad economic ties/Need to resist against ISIS-backing countries

There are good conditions and proper opportunities for Iran and Lithuania to develop ties in the post-JCPOA era and both sides should tap these opportunities, said President Rouhani at a meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.

Sat 28 - May 2016 - 14:53

Lithuanian FM: Vilnius is willing to cement ties with Tehran in all areas of mutual interest

During the meeting with Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius on Saturday, Dr Rouhani said: “Iran and Lithuania have abundant opportunities to deepen and develop mutual ties and should properly tap these opportunities to open a new chapter in their relations”.

Mentioning the fields in which the two countries can cooperate, namely modern technology, research centres and universities, and also tourism, President Rouhani said: “Regrading the opportunities that Tehran and Vilnius have, they should diversify and develop their relations”.

“In economic fields, the two countries should go beyond a business relationship and move towards broader economic ties,” added Rouhani.

On the need for the two countries to cooperate in areas such as combating terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking, Dr Rouhani said: “In fighting terrorism, resolve and cooperation by all countries is necessary and some countries should understand that supporting and using terrorism for advancing their political and regional goals is not a good choice and will not yield results”.

He added: “Therefore, as the first step in combating terrorism, especially ISIS, we should identify those who are behind the scene and confront countries that are backing terrorism and ISIS in order to prevent them from providing the terrorist groups with funds and modern weapons and possess Syria’s oil and looted artefacts”.

During the same meeting, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said: “Vilnius is willing to develop ties with Tehran in all fields of mutual interest”.

He also said: “Lithuania has good capabilities in the field of nano- and biotechnology and can share its experiences with Iran in the fields”.

“In this visit, agreements on economic cooperation between the foreign ministries of the two countries will be signed, which are aimed at paving the way for growing and orderly ties between the two countries,” he added.

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