‘Iran most secure country in ME’

TEHRAN, Nov. 09 (MNA) – Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour has deemed Iran as the safest country in the Middle East.

The official made the remark on Tuesday in in Sydney of Australia at a meeting with a number of politicians and elites at the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).

During the session, Iran’s Rahimpour delivered a speech discussing regional issues as well as bilateral ties between Tehran and Canberra in addition to providing response to a number of questions raised by the participants.

The Iranian senior diplomat, who is on a three-day visit to Australia, outlined security as an issue of great and equal momentous to all world countries saying that “the world has now focused on the issue of safety and security.”

He elaborated on the situation of the Middle East region and outlined efforts to fight against terrorists in the regional countries of Iraq and Syria.

“Security of a country is dependent on security of other states directing attentions to the fact that Iran, whose eastern and western neighbors are suffering from the scourge of terrorism, is still enjoying complete security,” he underlined.

“Due attention needs to be given to Iran’s special status in terms of security and how it as achieved the achievement,” noted Rahimpour.

The senior diplomat further talked of the crimes being committed by the terrorist group of ISIL in the region, stressing that the aggression and war are not the proper solutions to disagreements.

He further underlined the importance of solving the disputes through dialogue.

Also on Monday in Canberra, the Iranian deputy foreign Minister met and talked with the Australian FM as well as his counterpart discussing venues for expansion of political and economic cooperation in addition to exchanging views on regional developments.

Rahimpour is on a four-nation tour of Asia and Pacific region which has already taken him to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan where he took part at the 15th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) prime ministers' meeting Nov 3.

After Kyrgyzstan, Rahimpour left for Philippines, then to Australia while he later departed for New Zealand after ending his Canberra visit.


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