Selakovic in Iran: Good political relations should be transferred to the field of economy as well

18. Apr 2021.
As part of his official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selakovic met with President of the country Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Minister of Agriculture Kazem Khavazi.

Minister Selaković pointed out that at the meetings with high state officials of Iran, in the first place with President Rohani, congratulations were expressed to President Aleksandar Vucic and Serbia itself on serious economic reforms but especially because of all measures undertaken by our state in the fight against Covid-19, both in terms of protecting the health of the population, through treatment measures, vaccination and the start of vaccine production, and in terms of preserving the economy.                

The Head of Serbian diplomacy pointed out that Iran was a country that provided principled, consistent and clear support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia in international organizations and forums, and supported our country's desire to seek a solution to the Kosovo and Metohija issue through peaceful and diplomatic means.

"The constant support of Iran surely means a lot to us", Minister Selakovic said at the end of his official visit to that country emphasizing that Serbia and Iran fostered very serious political relations which should be transferred to the field of economic cooperation as well.

The Minister emphasized that the Iranian side expressed great readiness to deepen and promote cooperation, especially in the field of agriculture, and explained that the greatest interest was shown in the procurement of seeds and planting material, as well as technology and experience transfer, but also the cooperation of scientific and research and other institutions.

"Willingness was expressed and an invitation extended to Minister Nedimovic to visit Iran as soon as possible with a delegation of our people from the field of agricultural production, food and processing industry, who would be interested in being represented with their products in the large Iranian market. It is a market with a population of more than 82 million, and Iran is a large importer of food, food and agricultural products", the Minister emphasized.

He added that they also talked about the possibilities of placing our fruit on the market, apples in the first place, but also that Minister of Agriculture Nedimovic himself should talk about this with his colleague Khavazi.

The Serbian Foreign Minister reiterated that Iran and Serbia had very serious political relations that should be transferred to the field of economic cooperation as well, and that our state and economy should certainly use that in the best possible way.

On the first day of his official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Minister Selakovic met with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, with whom he signed an agreement on cooperation between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries. Furthermore, Selakovic met with Deputy Minister of Trade Hamid Zadboom.