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Ecuador and Iran Discuss Expanding Bilateral Cooperation

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during last year's visit to Ecuador.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during last year's visit to Ecuador. | Photo: REUTERS

Published 5 August 2017

The Iranian Foreign Minister visited Ecuador last year, and the two officials said that since then bilateral cooperation has expanded significantly.

In an official visit to Tehran to attend the inauguration of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's second term, Ecuador's Interior Minister Cesar Navas met with the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, where they discussed expanding mutual cooperation between their countries.

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“There exists good potential for bilateral cooperation in such fields as housing, technology, energy and banking,” Zarif said. Zarif visited Ecuador last year as part of a tour through Latin America. He also visited Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Chile and Cuba.

The Ecuadorian minster said that bilateral ties between the two countries have greatly expanded since last year's visit, a trend which they hope to continue. Ecuador and Iran are both significant members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

“We have opened a business office in Tehran and are interested in cooperating with you in various fields,” Navas said to Zarif.

They also discussed and exchanged experiences in various regional issues their nations are facing, and the ways they can learn from each other's strategies, particularly in their respective regional fights against drug trafficking.

Foreign representatives and leaders from over 90 countries around the world, as well as various international organizations, are all convening in Tehran this weekend to attend the inauguration of Iranian president Rouhani's second four year term which is taking place on Saturday. Rouhani won re-election in May.

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