Minister Erjavec visits Iran
Minister Erjavec, predsednik Pahor in iranski zunanji minister Zarif na odprtju veleposlaništva Slovenije v Iranu; Foto: Daniel Novakovič/STA
Tehran, 23 November 2016 – Minister Erjavec and President of Slovenia Pahor are on an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Together with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif, they re-opened the Slovenian embassy in Tehran today. Afterwards, the ministers held a separate meeting.
Ministers Erjavec and Zarif were pleased to note that the friendly relations between Slovenia and Iran, as well as the positive developments in the international community after the conclusion of the nuclear deal, have opened up many opportunities for further strengthening bilateral cooperation in various fields, and the re-opening of the Slovenian embassy in Tehran is a significant contribution to this end.
The bilateral agreements signed during the visit are an important incentive for stronger business and scientific cooperation, said the ministers, agreeing on the need to set up a system of interbank transactions as the foundation of trade.
The ministers agreed that it is important that regular bilateral political dialogue continue. Slovenia greatly values the possibility of consultations on the situation in the wider Middle East region and on effective measures against Daesh and international terrorism in general, with Iran being a valued bilateral partner and regional actor whose constructive engagement in the region could substantially contribute to regional stability.
Minister Erjavec believes this visit is a milestone in relations between Slovenia and Iran, and re-opening of the embassy will give new impetus to their bilateral cooperation. He furthermore emphasised that the large business delegation visiting Iran, the signing of bilateral agreements, and the conclusion of business agreements would provide new opportunities for further enhancing trade between the two countries.