iran urges closer interstate relations in region

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the status quo in the region necessitates closer contacts among regional countries in order to make them better prepared against crises.

Back from a three-leg tour of Central Asian nations, where he discussed the betterment of mutual ties and oversaw the signing of bilateral agreements, President Rouhani said on Friday that Iranian foreign policy stipulated good ties with neighbors and friendly countries.

He paid state visits to Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan — all members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) — on three days of a compressed schedule.

“Countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus are in the same region as Iran and are our neighbors and are thus important; a principle of our foreign policy is [maintaining] close ties with friends and neighbors,” Rouhani said back in Tehran on Friday.

He pointed to an upcoming EAEU meeting on December 26 and said talks were also held with the three EAEU member states on implementing the necessary measures to facilitate Iran’s membership in the body in the future.


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