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Call for Closer Ties With East

Call for Closer Ties With EastCall for Closer Ties With East

A senior military official highlighted the significance of orientation toward the East in the country’s foreign policy agenda, stressing that Iran should join Shanghai Cooperation Organization and enhance ties with Russia, China and India.

"In order to counter US sanctions, Iran should shape its political and economic diplomacy by enhancing ties with eastern countries," Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a military advisor to Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said on Sunday, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Safavi underlined that Iran should not focus only on the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, namely China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany, but should take into account the great capacities of neighboring and regional  countries when it comes to economic and political diplomacy.

The Unites States was also a party to the nuclear accord, but withdrew unilaterally from the deal in May, which has been opposed by the other signatories.   

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