Chile Diplomat, Deputy FMs Confer

Chile Diplomat, Deputy FMs Confer    Chile Diplomat, Deputy FMs Confer

Director General of Foreign Policy at Chile's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alfredo Labbe Villa, who has travelled to Tehran at the head of a delegation to hold talks with high-ranking Iranian officials, met separately with two deputy foreign ministers on Monday, IRNA reported.

In his meeting with the Chilean diplomat, Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-Ravanchi invited the Chilean private sector to get into the Iranian market given the enormous potential in the country for commercial activities and abundant investment opportunities.

Emphasizing the significance of bilateral ties, Takht-Ravanchi said due to being located in Western Asia and regarding its capacities and infrastructure such as the availability of roads and railroads, Iran can pave the way for Chilean businesspeople to access Central Asia and Caucasus regions.

He said Tehran and Santiago can cooperate in such areas as science and technology as well as academic and cultural fields.

In another meeting with the Chilean official, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian called for collective efforts by all countries to combat terrorism.

He expressed regret that on regional developments, especially after the start of the wave of "the Islamic Awakening," some states failed to adopt a "constructive approach" toward the rightful demands of the nations in the region and sought to use terrorism as an instrument to achieve their goals, a policy which posed a threat to the security and stability of the region.

Amir Abdollahian praised the close cooperation with Chile and the South American country's "positive and balanced stance" in supporting the "oppressed" people of Palestine and Yemen.

The Chilean official, for his part, welcomed consultations with Iran on regional issues and hailed Tehran's leading role in helping maintain stability and security in the region.

Labbe Villa said his country favors settling conflicts in the Middle East by peaceful means such as negotiations without resorting to force.