Romania, Iran’s Ally in Europe

Romania, Iran’s Ally in EuropeRomania, Iran’s Ally in Europe

The Romanian foreign minister said the European country, in view of its strategic location, is ready to be a transit point for Iranian exports to Europe.

In a meeting with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday, Romanian Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu described his country as “Iran’s ally in Europe”.

“Bucharest is set to promote relations with Tehran in economic, political, cultural and scientific fields,” ISNA quoted Rouhani as saying.

Comanescu also touched upon the terrorism crisis in Middle East, hailing Iranian efforts to solve regional problems.

“Romania and the European Union admit Iran’s constructive role in the region and are willing to exchange views on Middle East crises,” he said. “Mutual cooperation can help promote stability in the region and the fight against terrorism.”

Rouhani said Tehran and Bucharest should devote major efforts to develop cooperation and open a new chapter in bilateral ties.

“Considering the huge potentials of the two countries, especially in the spheres of energy and industries, the volume of trade should be boosted,” he said.

The president stressed the role of private sectors in deepening economic cooperation, saying numerous opportunities of partnership are awaiting Iranian and Romanian companies to be tapped.

Rouhani also pointed to terrorism as a shared threat against the Middle East and Europe, saying that to prevent the scourge from spreading to other parts of the world, members of the international community should engage in harmonious security, political and cultural efforts. In a related event on the same day, Comanescu held a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, following which they took part in a joint press conference.

Zarif said in the press conference that the two sides have agreed to prepare a roadmap to develop economic cooperation.

“In the near future, a meeting of the joint economic commission of Iran and Romania, which has been delayed for almost 12 years, will be held in Bucharest to draft an economic roadmap,” he said.

Zarif also said the two countries will engage in transit cooperation to give Iran access to the Europe through the Black Sea, in addition to energy, banking, automating, agriculture and tourism cooperation.

Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeastern Europe. It has a coastline on the Black Sea and borders Bulgaria, Hungary, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine.

Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Comanescu arrived in Tehran on Monday.

During his three-day stay in Tehran, the Romanian minister is expected to hold talks with Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, Economy Minister Ali Tayyebnia and Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.