Source: Tehran Times
TEHRAN - President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Croatia can open a gate to Iran's ties with European countries as he highlighted the importance of relations with Zagreb.
"Croatia can be the gate of our relations with the European Union due to historical and cultural commonalities between the two countries and its geographical status," Rouhani said during a press conference with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic in Tehran.
Rouhani said that Iran has had a "very good" and "friendly" relationship with Croatia.
The two countries will expand relations in various areas especially energy sector, he added.
He said that Grabar-Kitarovic's trip to Iran indicates the "political will" by Zagreb to expand economic relations with Tehran.
Iran and Croatia are interested in expanding ties in areas of culture, art, science and technology in addition to economic ones, Rouhani added.
Grabar-Kitarovic said that Croatia supports expansion of Iran's ties with the European Union.
She also said that Croatia supports Iran's actions in alleviating tension in the Middle East region.
She added Croatia will expand cooperation with Iran in fighting terrorism and extremism.
The relations between the two countries are at a "good level", yet there is a room to expand it, she noted.
Elsewhere, Grabar-Kitarovic said that Iran seeks to modernize its industry and economic infrastructure and Croatian corporations can be of great help to Iran.
She also thanked Iran's private sector for welcoming the Croatian corporations.
Iran and Croatia also signed an economic agreement and a memorandum of understanding.
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