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News number: 9203181458

18:47 | 2013-06-11

Economy

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Iranian, Brazilian Diplomats Stress Enhancement of Economic Cooperation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Brazil's new Ambassador to Tehran Sandiago Irasabelle Murao in a meeting here in Tehran underlined the need for bolstering and reinvigorating economic cooperation between the two countries.



During the meeting in Tehran on Monday, the Iranian foreign minister said that Iran and Brazil should utilize all their economic capacities to further enhance their bilateral relations.

The Brazilian diplomat, for his part, pointed to the current status of bilateral ties between Iran and Brazil, saying that his country looked at Iran as a major player both in the region and the world.

During the meeting, the new Brazilian ambassador also submitted a copy of credentials to the Iranian foreign minister.

Brazil appointed Sandiago Irasabelle Murao as the country's new ambassador to Tehran last week.

Murao replaced former Brazilian envoy Antonio Luis Espinola Salgado.

Iran has in recent years expanded friendly ties with Latin America, specially in economic, trade and industrial fields.

Since taking office in 2005, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expanded Iran's cooperation with many Latin American states, including Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Cuba.

Iran's strong and rapidly growing ties with Latin America have raised eyebrows in the US and its western allies since Tehran and Latin nations have forged an alliance against the imperialist and colonialist powers and are striving hard to reinvigorate their relations with the other independent countries which pursue a line of policy independent from the US.