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News number: 9202245452

13:43 | 2013-05-29

Foriegn Policy

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Iranian FM Calls for Expansion of Ties with Ecuador

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi called for the further expansion of bilateral ties with Ecuador.



The Iranian foreign minister made the remarks in a meeting with Ecuadorean Deputy Foreign Minister Angel Enrique Arias in Tehran on Tuesday.

"I hope the two countries (Iran and Ecuador) will further expand their relations in political, economic and cultural fields," Salehi said.

The Ecuadorean foreign minister, for his part, voiced his satisfaction with the friendly relations between Iran and Ecuador, adding, "My country attaches great importance to Iran in its foreign relations."

Enrique Arias pointed to the two countries' capacities for the expansion of bilateral ties, and said, "My country is willing to take advantage from Iran's precious experience in scientific and industrial fields."

Iran has been seeking to boost its ties with Latin American countries in recent years to the concern of the United States.

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

The strong and rapidly growing ties between Iran and 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.