Belgium Eyes Closer Cooperation

Belgium Eyes Closer Cooperation   Belgium Eyes Closer Cooperation

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says the government and parliament of the European country welcome expansion of ties with Iran to meet mutual interests.

In a meeting with a delegation of Iranian lawmakers in Brussels on Saturday, he pointed to his upcoming trip to Iran, saying, "The aim of the visit is to help promote bilateral [political] relations and hold consultations on regional and international issues, in addition to paving the way for boosted business and economic relations, which is why business leaders representing various sectors will be part of the delegation."

On the July 14 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, the top diplomat said Brussels was in favor of the negotiations to reach an agreement since the start of the process, ICANA reported.

"We also support the implementation of the agreement and are ready to help international bodies complete the process."

Referring to the threat posed by the growth of terrorism to the Middle East, he said, "All countries are responsible for dealing with this crisis. We should look for a way to get out of this situation."

The head of the Iranian delegation, Abbas Ali Mansouri Arani, said the nuclear agreement has opened the way for increased mutual cooperation in various fields. The lawmaker, who is also the head of the Iran-Belgium Parliamentary Friendship Group, stressed the role of the two countries' parliaments in encouraging private sectors to enhance their economic relations. "The trip aims to give impetus to interaction between private sectors and development of parliamentary ties," he said. "Growing collaboration between the two parliaments promises a new chapter in Tehran-Brussels relations."

On the menace of terrorism which threatens global security, he said, "The phenomenon is not limited to the borders of one country, so effective campaign and consultations and cooperation among all countries that advocate global peace are needed [to address the issue]."