New York (IP) - Iranian Foreign Minister met with Spanish FM on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday to discuss Iran's ties with Europe, Afghanistan, and bilateral ties.

Iran Press/America: Amir-Abdollahian in a meeting with José Manuel Albares noting that relations in the political, economic, and parliamentary fields are moving in the right direction and urged for new mutual cooperation in the field of health, industry, science, technology, culture, tourism, bartering goods and activities of private companies.

"According to the foreign policy of the new government in Iran, extending relations with Europe encompasses all the countries of the Green Continent as a priority and those ties are not limited to the Troika (three major European countries)," Amir-Abdollahian said.

Iranian FM praised the cooperation in the fields of health and medicine at the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic and ask the Spanish counterpart to help with resolving the money-transfer problem for Iranian students in Europe through mutual cooperation.

Emphasizing Tehran's willingness to define a balanced relationship with Europe, Amir-Aboullahian said, "Europe's relations with Iran should not be dependent on the unconstructive behavior and attitude of the United States towards Iran."

Approving the remarks by the Iranian foreign minister, the Spanish foreign minister emphasized that Spain is doing its best to improve the level of political and trade relations, and for that reason, Spain decided to join INSTEX (EU financial mechanism to trade with Iran under the US sanctions.)

Mr. Albares pointed to the declining trend in trade relations between Iran and Spain since 2018 (US JCPOA exit) and stressed the need to change the situation through mutual efforts.

The Spanish top diplomat also exchanged views on the developments in Afghanistan, saying that the European country is ready to assist in the vaccination of Afghan refugees in Iran.

Referring to the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the two ministers stressed the need for the international community to pay serious attention to the issue and draw red lines.


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