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Iran, Serbia opt for broadening of Bilateral Ties

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Serbian Deputy Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic in a meeting in Margarita Island, Venezuela, on Saturday underlined the need for the further expansion of mutual cooperation.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Serbian Deputy Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Serbian Deputy Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic

During the meeting on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting in Venezuela, Zarif and Dacic explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral ties in different areas.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran considers no limit for the expansion of relations with Serbia," Zarif said.

The Serbian deputy foreign minister, for his part, said that his country is eager to broaden relations with Iran.

In mid-April, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolić underlined the necessity for all countries to cooperate in the campaign against terrorism.

"Spread of violence and terrorism is a major problem for the region and the world," Rouhani said during the meeting in Tehran.

He referred to attempts by certain countries to link terrorism to religion, and said, "The divine religions, specially Islam, promote mercy and brotherhood among human beings and they oppose terrorism and all should grow united in the fight against terrorism."

Elsewhere, Rouhani pointed to Tehran and Belgrade's extensive capacities and potentials, and said they should be used to further develop mutual cooperation and meet the two nations' interests.