Portugal keen to expand ties with Iran

Tehran, May 8, IRNA — A senior Portuguese Foreign Ministry official expressed willingness to expand ties with Iran.
  “Portugal has no problem with development and strengthening relationships with Iran in the political, economic, and cultural sectors,” said Portuguese Foreign Ministryˈs Director General for Foreign Policy Rui Macieira in a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian in Tehran on Wednesday.

The two diplomats discussed regional issues, including the latest developments in the Middle East and Africa, and particularly the crisis that has gripped Syria since March 2011.

Amir-Abdollahian slammed the presence of European militants in Syria, and said, “Currently, an important portion of Europe’s radical elements are present on the terrorists’ side in Syria.ˈ

ˈConsidering the professional training as well as working with advanced weapons, which they learn from terrorist groups in Syria, the return of these elements to their countries… could result in a dangerous security situation,” added the Iranian official.

Macieira, for his part, called for a “political” solution to the Syrian crisis.

The official added that Portugal supports nuclear talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany.

Iran and the world powers clinched a landmark interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013.

Macieira also held a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi, who is also a member of Iranˈs nuclear negotiating team, calling for boosting cooperation between Tehran and Lisbon.

By IRNA

 

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