NEW YORK (Dispatches) -- The foreign minister of Iran has described Cuba as a strategic partner of the Islamic Republic.
“Cuba is now a strategic partner with all necessities and in all aspect for the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Foreign Minister Hussein Amir-Abdollahian said in a meeting with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla here on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Iran, he said, sees no limits to the expansion of ties with Cuba. He also noted that the new administration of Iran is pragmatic and seeks to implement the previous agreements with the Latin American country.
Amir-Abdollahian also condemned U.S. sanctions against Cuba.
For his part, Rodriguez hailed the close cooperation between the two countries in the production of a vaccine for the coronavirus, expressing Cuba’s readiness to broaden ties with Iran in all other sectors.
Calling for the removal of economic obstacles to the promotion of economic ties between Cuba and Iran, the foreign minister said close interaction would help the two nations defeat the cruel American sanctions.
Amir-Abdollahian separately said forging closer relations with Asian countries, including Indonesia, is a main priority in the new Iranian administration’s foreign policy agenda.
In a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi, he said among the Asian countries, Indonesia is a state which has priority in Iran’s foreign policy.
For her part, Marsudi said Jakarta attaches importance to the enhancement of ties with Tehran.
She also thanked Iran for exporting pharmaceutical products to Indonesia, stressing the need to carry out previous agreements between the two Muslim nations.