Ambassador: US sanctions not to affect Serbia’s ties with Iran

FNA – Belgrade’s Ambassador to Tehran Dragan Todorovic downplayed the impacts of the US sanctions on his country’s relations and interactions with Iran.

“The sanctions imposed on Iran are special to the US and they are not international sanctions. The Serbian government acts like the EU in interactions with Iran,” Todorovic said on Sunday.

“We have very good ties with Iran, Russia, China and many other countries and the US sanctions do not affect our ties with Iran,” he added.

Todorovic underscored excellent trade relations with Iran, saying that the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal has not affected the bilateral economic ties between the two countries.

He also described Iran as a country which does not interfere in other states’ affairs, rejecting allegations that Tehran supports terrorism.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Belgrade in February had also voiced his country’s willingness to broaden bilateral relations with Iran.

“There was no limitation with regard to broadening of Serbia-Iran cooperation,” President Vučić said during the meeting with Zarif in the Serbian capital.

The Serbian president underlined that his country was ready to strengthen all-out cooperation with Iran.

The Iranian foreign minister and the Serbian president also discussed cooperation in international organizations, and emphasized that conflicts in different parts of the world must be settled through diplomatic approaches.