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Iran and Cuba to upgrade mutual ties

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that ways of promoting bilateral ties with Cuba should be discussed during Tehran-Havana Joint Economic Commission session.

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"Both Iran and Cuba share many capacities for further expansion of the relations, particularly in trade and economic spheres, given their common stances on key regional issues," the Iranian minister added.

Mr. Zarif also referred to his meeting with his Cuban counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York, underlining key role of Cuba in the international forums, including the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). He called for strengthening of mutual cooperation and consultations on key international issues, during Iran's NAM presidency.

Cuban Ambassador to Iran Vladimir Gonzalez said he would do all within his power to upgrade mutual ties in economic and commercial domains between the two friendly nations.

Iran has sought to expand ties and cooperation with the Latin American states in the recent years. In line with the same policy, former Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had several official trips to major Latin American countries, including Brazil, Cuba, Bolivia and Venezuela.

During his visits, Ahmadinejad signed a number of agreements with the leaders of Latin America in a bid to strengthen Iran's foothold in South America.

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