Indonesia, Iran seek to boost bilateral ties
Indonesia and Iran seek to further explore the potential cooperation between the two countries, said Indonesia’s minister of information, technology and informatics.
According to Antara News, Rudiantara said in a meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Indonesia Valiollah Mohammadi Nasrabadi, “The visit of President Hassan Rousani of Iran to Indonesia in 2015 and President Joko Widodo’s trip to Tehran, Iran, in 2016 have renewed commitment of the two countries to strengthen bilateral relations at the highest level, encouraged by the enormous potential of the two countries. This must be explored further.”
He further stated that Indonesia and Iran have enjoyed long-standing friendship, as well as socio-cultural relations. The people of both countries have been heavily engaged in trade activities and the teachings of Islam.
“The kinship between the two countries has been growing stronger, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1950. Over the last few years, several exchange of visits between high-ranking officials, as well as numerous signings of documents of cooperation, have taken place,” he added.
The minister underlined that the two countries should work closely to address trade barriers and engage their business communities.
Furthermore, Rudiantara stated that the implementation of joint comprehensive plans had enabled the two countries to open new frontiers to explore cooperation in the fields of energy, such as oil and gas products, electricity, as well as renewable energy.
Mohammadi Nasrabadi stated that the visit of President Joko Widodo to Tehran in 2016 had initiated constructive and positive development in bilateral relations.
“In the past year, we have witnessed the exchange of visits by high-ranking political, economic, academic, cultural and technological delegation, while trade between the two countries blossomed,” he underlined.