Ali-Akbar Salehi: Iran is willing to develop ties with Slovenia
The Islamic Republic of Iran is willing to develop ties with Slovenia, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said on Monday, IRNA reported.
Salehi told reporters upon his arrival in Ljubljana that Iran is keen on enhanced trade and cultural ties with Slovenia.
The foreign minister is on a visit to Slovenia to naugurate Iran's Embassy in the republic.
IRNA reported from Ljubljana that Iranian foreign minister would ink a cultural agreement with Slovenian officials during his day-long stay.
He said that inauguration of Iranian embassy in Slovenia is a preliminary step forward to boosting Tehran-Ljubljana ties.
Salehi said that Iran and Slovenia would cooperate in industrial, shipping, electronic, transport and refinery fields and Iran would be a major energy supplier to Slovenia.
He said that currently Iran-Slovenia trade stood at dlrs 100 million which is lagging behind the capacity of the two countries.
Salehi said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is interested in enhancing trade and economic cooperation to satisfactory level in line with the capacity available for the two countries.
The foreign minister said that Slovenia formed eight percent of population of former Yugoslavia whereas it made up 25 percent of the former Yugoslavian Gross National Products adding that Slovenia has made good progress in science and technology.
Salehi estimated Slovenian per capita income at dlrs 25,000.
He said that since declaration of independence in 1992, Slovenia established its embassy in Tehran, the fourth embassy across Asia.
Salehi said that Iran attaches importance to Slovenia in light of its neighborhood with four European countries and access to the international waters.
Salehi is scheduled to meet his Slovenian counterpart Samuel Zbogar.
As his second visit, Iran's foreign minister will travel to Vienna, Austria, at the invitation of his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger.
Member of the Parliamentary Commission on National Security and Foreign policy Hossein Sobhani-nia is accompanying the foreign minister.