Spanish PM Sees Good Prospects for Ties

Spanish PM Sees Good Prospects for Ties Spanish PM Sees Good Prospects for Ties

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Tehran and Madrid have "great" ties which will be expanded in the near future.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Madrid on Tuesday, ISNA reported.

He said Zarif's trip to Madrid is very important to help expand relations.

The Spanish prime minister described Iran's role in the Mideast region as "important and effective" and thanked Iran for supporting Spain's campaign to gain non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council.

Elsewhere, he stated that the recent nuclear statement issued after the talks between Iran and the major powers in the Swiss city of Lausanne is an "important step" in the process of negotiations.

Rajoy added that reaching a final agreement by the June 30 deadline is very important.

Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) signed a joint statement on April 2 outlining the key points of a final nuclear pact.

Zarif highlighted the necessity of expanding relations between Iran and Spain.

He also elaborated on Iran's position on Yemen's developments.

He stated that an immediate ceasefire, establishment of Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue, and formation of an inclusive government are the main points of Iran's solution to resolve the crisis in Yemen.

  Anti-Terror Fight Stressed

In a separate meeting between Zarif and Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Garcia Margallo on Tuesday, the officials highlighted the necessity of fighting against terrorism.

The latest developments in Iran's nuclear issue also came up for discussion and the Spanish official welcomed positive steps that have been taken to secure a final deal.

In another development, President of Spain's Congress of Deputies Jesus Posada said the international community's attitude toward Iran has changed and is now very "positive", IRNA reported.

This is an important "factor" which can give a boost to relations between Iran and European countries, he said in a meeting with Zarif on Tuesday.

He underlined the importance of close parliamentary cooperation between Iran and Spain, saying that a Spanish parliamentary delegation will be dispatched to Iran in the near future.

Elsewhere, he stated that Iran has proved the fact that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

He expressed hope that the sanctions against Tehran would be removed under a long-term nuclear settlement. Commenting on terrorism and extremism, he said the two phenomena have nothing to do with Muslims and Islamic teachings.

Zarif called for closer cooperation in the campaign against terrorism and extremism.

In addition, He invited Posada to take a trip to Iran.