Call for Enhanced Croatia Ties

Call for Enhanced Croatia Ties
Call for Enhanced Croatia Ties

The head of Iran-Croatia parliamentary friendship group, Jabbar Kouchakinejad, has called for promotion of relations between Tehran and Zagreb in all areas, particularly in parliamentary affairs.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Croatian Parliament Speaker Josip Leko, the ICANA news agency reported on Saturday.

Kouchakinejad touched on the friendly relations between the two countries and said, "Iran and Croatia enjoy good potential which should be used to promote bilateral ties."

He also expressed the parliament's readiness to help improve bilateral cooperation in all fields.

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The lawmaker stressed the need for more interaction between the two countries' officials to confer on high-profile regional developments and issues of mutual concern. The Croatian parliament speaker, for his part, referred to the historical relations between the two states and said, "Interaction between the officials of the two countries is key to identifying the capacities in both nations; and mutual parliamentary cooperation plays a significant role in promoting bilateral relations."

Touching on the negotiations between Iran and the six major powers on Tehran's nuclear program, Leko said, "Croatia believes that Iran, as any other country in the world, has the right to benefit from all the advantages of nuclear energy and we hope the negotiations will ultimately lead to the lifting of the sanctions and the removal of the impediments in the way of expanding mutual cooperation in economic, industrial, and business spheres."

At the end of the meeting, Kouchakinejad presented the Majlis speaker's invitation for the Croatian parliament speaker to pay an official visit to Iran.