Iran-Belarus economic ties helpful to mitigate sanctions: Qalibaf

Qalibaf made the comment on Thursday during a meeting with Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei and his accompanying delegation in Tehran.

The top Iranian lawmaker said that the countries, which are under pressure due to Western sanctions, should stand together.

He said that Western states, including the US, have imposed sanctions on a significant number of other countries across the world in order to protect their own interests.

The Belarus official, for on his part, said that his country is trying to act independently on its domestic and foreign policy fronts.

Also, he added, Belarus is trying to counter sanctions and pressure, and therefore considers Iran as a friendly country.

In this line, Makei said, Belarus is trying to establish a strategic partnership with Iran which he called an important country in Asia.

Qalibaf and the Belarus foreign minister also discussed parliamentary relations between the two countries, and economic cooperation in Central Asia.

Makei, meanwhile, condemned the Wednesday terror attack in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz that left 15 people dead. He also sympathized with the Iranians over “the bitter incident”.

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