IRNA, May 10, 2004
Iran, Croatia Discuss Regional Cooperation
TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Iran and Croatia discussed here Sunday possible avenues for expansion of bilateral relations as well as regional and international cooperation and issues pertaining to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Visiting Croatian Deputy Foreign Minister Hedayat Bishchuwich, in a meeting with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Euro-American Affairs Ali Ahani, praised good political ties between the two countries but expressed dissatisfaction with current level of economic relations.
Bishchuwich hoped positive strides would be taken to promote economic ties through following up memoranda of understanding already reached between the two sides and holding joint economic commission.
He outlined his country's policies on regional issues and stressed the sensitivity of developments in Balkan region.
The Croatian official expressed appreciation for Iran's stance towards developments in the Balkan region.
Ahani, for his part, pointed to positive outcomes of the fourth Iran-Croatia joint economic commission and voiced Iran's readiness to promote bilateral relations in all fields particularly in various economic areas.
Referring to Iran's stance on peaceful use of nuclear energy, he stressed continuation of Iran's transparent policy in this regard.
He said speedy withdrawal of occupation forces from Iraq and allowing Iraqi officials to handle their own affairs besides UN active role in settling the country's problems are the most important ways to establish security and stability in that country.