Czech PM: Solid Ground for Cooperation

Czech PM: Solid Ground for CooperationCzech PM: Solid Ground for Cooperation

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Tehran and Prague should devise plans to utilize the ample opportunities for cooperation.

In a meeting with Deputy Majlis Speaker Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabifard in Prague on Friday, the two sides discussed development of bilateral cooperation and international coordination.

The Iranian parliamentary delegation, headed by Aboutorabifard, arrived in the capital city of Czech Republic, Prague, late on Thursday.

Sobotka said difficult problems in the Middle East, especially the Syrian conflict, cannot be solved without Iranian assistance, IRNA reported.

The Czech premier hoped a political solution will be found for the Syrian crisis, because diffusing the situation in the Arab country would help put an end to the wave of migrants coming to European countries hoping to find a shelter, which has sparked off a crisis within Europe since April 2015.

Aboutorabifard said Tehran and Prague can assist each other in economic, industrial and scientific fields, stressing the need for expanding relations. On the regional problems, the Iranian lawmaker said all countries should help prevent terrorist groups from becoming stronger and contribute to efforts to defeat them, which in turn will help stop the spread of Islamophobia in the West.

The Iranian delegation was also slated to meet other Czech officials, including Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mladek, Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament Jan Hamacek, Deputy President of the Chamber of Deputies Vojtech Filip and Frantisek Bublan who chairs the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security of Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. Earlier in the trip, Aboutorabifard had met Hungarian Parliament Speaker Laszlo Kover in Budapest on Friday.

In the meeting, Kover said Hungary deems Iran a "strategic partner" and is keen on promoting cooperation with the country. Pointing to the recent trip of Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban to Tehran on November 30, Kover said "a new chapter" in ties between the two countries can be seen.

"Hungary looks not only for increased economic relations, but closer cooperation in political, scientific, educational and cultural spheres," he said. Aboutorabifard hoped the trip will prepare the ground for stronger interaction between the parliaments and better relations between the governments. On regional issues, the senior lawmaker said promoting world peace is the main objective of Iranian foreign policy, which also promotes efforts to fight extremism and terrorism.

"Iran will fight all those who foster regional instability and endanger world peace," he said.