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Iran, Switzerland Keen to Broaden Bilateral Ties

TEHRAN, Dec. 3, 2013 (FNA)- Senior Iranian and Swiss officials, in a meeting in Tehran on Monday, underlined the need for improvement of mutual cooperation.


During the meeting in the Iranian capital today, Head of Iran-Switzerland Parliamentary Friendship Group Abbasali Mansouri Arani and Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Giulio Haas explored avenues for bolstering and consolidating the relations between Iran and Switzerland.

Mansouri Arani pointed to the status quo in Iran-Swiss relations, and said, "The ties between Iran and Switzerland have had many ups and downs, but Switzerland has always been seen as a very good (trade) partner of Iran."

Mansouri Arani pointed to the Iranian parliaments readiness to invite members of the Switzerland-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group to Iran, and said, "... the parliaments of the two countries should make a better use of the current opportunity."

The Swiss ambassador, for his part, pointed to the importance of the consolidation of Iran-Switzerland relations, and said, "My mission to Iran is aimed at a remarkable improvement of the relations between the two countries and I assure you that expansion of parliamentary relations between the two countries will be among my important duties because both of us have a common goal and we should cooperate for achieving that goal."

Earlier this year, former Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and outgoing Swiss Ambassador Livia Leu Agosti to Iran in a meeting in Tehran discussed bilateral ties and mutual cooperation, specially in trade fields.

During the meeting in Tehran on June 16, Salehi and Leu Agosti underlined the need for improving Tehran-Bern relations.

During the meeting, the Iranian foreign minister pointed to the current status of bilateral ties between Iran and Switzerland, and said, "Tehran and Bern must take full advantage of their entire unused capacities for expansion and strengthening of ties."

Salehi appreciated Leu Agosti for the efforts she made during her mission in Tehran to promote Tehran-Bern ties.

The Swiss ambassador, for her part, said that Iran and Switzerland enjoy good relations.

"We need to open a new chapter in Iran-Switzerland relations to enable us to take maximum advantage of the existing capacities in a bid to expand our bilateral relations," Leu Agosti said.

The Swiss envoy said during her mission in Iran, she became closely familiar with the rich civilization, history and culture of the Iranian nation.

Iran and Switzerland have tried to expand their bilateral relations in recent years through reciprocal visits by the two countries officials.

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