Iran, Brazil discuss expansion of ties
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Ahani has met with his Brazilian counterpart Maria Louisa in Brazil to discuss ways to enhance bilateral relations between Tehran and Brasilia, Press TV reported with reference to IRIB.
During the meeting, the two sides called for "the speedy implementation of agreements" reached by Iran and Brazil in the past.
The Iranian and Brazilian officials also emphasized the importance of further interactions among political, economic and parliamentary institutions of the two countries.
The Brazilian deputy foreign minister described Iran as one of "the important partners of Brazil" and an "influential" country in the world.
Louisa noted that Tehran and Brasilia will attempt to increase the level of mutual ties "considering the developments of the two countries in different fields."
The Iranian official, for his part, hailed "the friendly and good relations" between both states and said that the governments of Iran and Brazil are eager to expand ties.
Ali Ahani arrived in Brazil on Monday to confer with the Brazilian officials on issues of mutual interest as well as regional and international developments.
During the recent years, Iran has expanded its cooperation with many Latin American states including Venezuela, Cuba and Brazil.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced in a report in December 2009 that Brazil is the largest trade partner of Iran among the Latin American countries.
Last year, Iran's state radio said bilateral trade with Brazil had increased to more than USD 2 billion in the 2009-10 year from USD 500 million in 2005, and was forecast to reach some USD 10 billion in the next 5 years.