Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi and Indonesia’s Director General for Asia-Pacific Affairs Desra Percaya in a Monday meeting underlined the necessity of enhancing bilateral relations between Tehran and Jakarta.
During the meeting, which was held shortly after the seventh meeting of the political-consultative committee of Iran and Indonesia in Tehran, Sarmadi and Percaya highlighted the need to boost mutual economic and trade relations in addition to the good political ties the two countries maintain.
Sarmadi touched upon the common ground as well as the numerous areas of cooperation between the two sides and expressed satisfaction over the growing trend of Tehran-Jakarta ties over the past 3 years.
He said the volume of bilateral trade is not proportionate to the numerous potentialities that exist for cooperation between the two sides, and added the two countries should tap into all their potential in order to upgrade the level of mutual trade and commercial cooperation and expand reciprocal ties in all areas.
Sarmadi referred to the challenges which exist in the Muslim world, the Middle East and East Asia, and underscored the necessity of interaction and consultation between, and joint action by the two great Muslim countries in order to help establish peace and tranquillity in the above-mentioned regions.
Percaya, in turn, thanked Iran for its presence in the Indian Ocean Rim Association during the time when Indonesia held its presidency, and expressed gratitude to Iran for supporting Indonesia’s candidacy for membership in international circles, especially the country’s non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council.