Tehran Resolved to Develop ASEAN Ties

Tehran Resolved to Develop ASEAN Ties Tehran Resolved to Develop ASEAN Ties

Iran is determined to open a new chapter in cooperation with member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour said.

In a meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Jakarta on Friday, Rahimpour thanked Indonesia as an ASEAN member for its support for Iran's accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), Press TV reported.

During their 49th meeting in the Laos capital Vientiane on July 24, ASEAN foreign ministers agreed to Iran's request for joining the bloc's TAC.

ASEAN is a regional organization comprising 10 Southeast Asian states, which promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic integration among its members.

Since its formation on August 8, 1967, by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, ASEAN's membership has expanded to include Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Its principal aims include accelerating economic growth, social progress and socio-cultural evolution among its members, alongside the protection of regional stability and the provision of a mechanism for member states to resolve differences peacefully.

  Better Jakarta Ties a Priority  

Rahimpour also said Indonesia is a priority in Iran's foreign policy, adding that a planned visit by Indonesian President Joko Widodo to Tehran would play a very important role in accelerating agreements previously signed by the two countries and strengthening bilateral relations.

The senior diplomat added that the Islamic Republic supports Indonesia in regional and international circles. The Indonesian foreign minister said his country regards Iran as its own friend and is ready to improve relations with Iran at regional and international levels.

Rahimpour and Marsudi urged boosting banking transactions to facilitate trade cooperation between Tehran and Jakarta.