Iran Supports Expansion of All-Out Ties with S. Korea

A02995619.jpgThe Islamic Republic of Iran supports development of all-out ties with South Korea, Tehran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in a meeting with Seoul’s outgoing Ambassador to the Islamic Republic Eim Hung-Jee here on Tuesday. During the meeting, the two sides discussed bilateral relations, and exchanged views about regional and international issues, a statement released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau said.

The Iranian foreign minister voiced pleasure in the expansion of his country’s ties with South Korea, and appreciated the Seoul envoy for promoting Iran-Korea relations during his mission in Tehran.

Mottaki noted the two countries’ 7-bln-dollar trade exchanges and $20 bln of joint ventures, and called for the balanced expansion of mutual ties in all the different areas, reminding that development of political relations could back up the two sides’ economic ties.

He further termed election of Korea’s Ban Ki Moon as the Secretary General of the United Nations a significant development, and underlined that Iran, as a member of the Asian family, seeks to help Ki Moon fulfill his mission successfully.

For his part, the Korean envoy briefed Mottaki about the measures he had taken during his mission in Tehran to develop the two states’ bilateral relations, and praised Iranian official’s cooperation and companionship in the said regard.

Eim Hung-Jee further noted the resolve of South Korean government to expand all-out ties with Iran in the different economic and cultural grounds, and called for longer strides to accelerate the developing trend of the two sides’ relations.

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