Terrorism not to be limited to Mideast

TEHRAN, Sep. 08 (MNA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said “Today Middle East encounters terrorism, violence and extremism which will not be limited to the region."

The president made the remarks in a meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Garcia-Margallo on Monday.

He announced Iran’s readiness for developing ties with Spain in regional and international levels underlining “terrorism and its consequences are threats to the whole world and need a global response since it can affect other parts as well; the wave of asylum seekers heading to Europe can be an example.”

The Iranian official hoped that Tehran-Madrid will boost ties rapidly and added “The visiting Spanish delegation can indeed lead to developing Iran-Spain ties in private sectors.”

The president also welcomed the establishment of Tehran-Madrid direct flights saying “Direct flights between the capital cities can ease trips for investors and entrepreneurs and also develop the tourism industry.”

For his part, Jose Garcia-Margallo said that he holds the friendship message of Spanish King and the prime minister for the Iranian president, the government and nation.

He stressed Iran-Spain joint stance over terrorism adding “Spain has taken major steps towards approximating religions and culture as well as establishing peace in the Middle East and North Africa.”

He also called for closer economic cooperation with Iran, especially in energy, tourism and steel production sectors.

Margallo had also held talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. During the meeting Zarif rejected any military intervention in Syria, saying dialog is the only way to resolve the current crisis.

A top-ranked Spanish trade-economic delegation consisting of representatives and managers of 70 Spanish companies as well as ministers of foreign affairs, energy and industry, and tourism arrived in Tehran on Monday. 

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