Terrorism common concern for region, world

TEHRAN, Nov. 24 (MNA) – Foreign Minoster Zarif underlined that terrorism and extremism are common threats for region and world in need of collective all-out cooperation.

Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy PM Karl Viktor Erjavec on Wednesday in Tehran.

Iranian foreign minister, deemed the visit by Slovenian President Borut Pahor and senior officials to Iran as a positive step and good start for new chapter of bilateral ties noting the numerous capacities for expansion of cooperation.

Underlining common viewpoints and concerns in regional and international developments held by Iran and Slovenia, Zarif said energy, financial and banking, tourism, visa facilities and culture are suitable areas of cooperation.

Slovenian Foreign Minister Erjavec, for his part, expressed pleasure with his visit to Tehran, saying “a new chapter has opened in Iran-Slovenia ties.”

Pointing to Iran’s constructive role in the region, Erjavec emphasized “no doubt that our strategic interests lies in a stable and secure world and for the same reason a stable Iraq and Syria are crucial for the world.'

He announced that Iran-Slovenia Joint Economic Commission will be held in Ljubljana in 2017 and called for regular consultations between officials of the two countries' foreign ministries.

Slovenian President Borut Pahor, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Slovenian counterpart, Karl Erjavec, attended a ceremony for the reopening of Slovenian embassy in Tehran on Wednesday.

The Slovenian government has reopened its embassy in the Iranian capital after nearly four years of closure.

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