Iran urges enhanced ties with Uruguay
Iran's caretaker Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic enjoys amicable relations with Latin American countries, stressing the importance of bolstering relations with Uruguay, Press TV reported.
"We are happy with good relations between the two countries and an increase in exchange of visits will definitely play a role in consolidation and promotion of mutual ties," IRNA quoted Salehi as speaking in a meeting with Uruguayan Parliament Speaker Ivonne Pasada in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Monday.
Salehi expressed Iran's readiness to provide Uruguay with an all-out support in scientific, technical, economic and trade sectors.
"Tehran and Montevideo should boost parliamentary, political and economic interactions in order to facilitate the establishment of trade and cultural cooperation between the two sides," the Iranian official went on to say.
Pasada, for her part, said Uruguay welcomes the expansion of ties between the two countries' parliaments, friendship groups and joint commissions.
The Uruguayan official stressed the importance of utilizing Iran's experience in the education sector and urged prompt implementation of agreements already signed between the two countries.
During the meeting, Salehi and Pasada also exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments.
The Uruguayan parliament speaker arrived in Tehran on Monday on a four-day visit at the invitation of Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.
She is scheduled to meet with the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other senior Iranian officials. She held talks with her Iranian counterpart earlier on Monday.