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Iran, Bosnia Opt for Promotion of All-Out Ties.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Sarajevo Mahmoud Heydari and member of Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidential Council Mladen Ivani? in a meeting in the Bosnian capital on Wednesday underlined the need for the expansion of mutual cooperation in different areas.

During the meeting in Sarajevo today, Heydari and Ivani? explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating of bilateral relations.

During the meeting, the Iranian envoy said that Iran has always supported Bosnia's sovereignty and unity.

Heydari pointed to removal of Iran's sanctions, and said, "The ground is now ready for promotion of trade ties between the two countries."

Ivani?, for his part, pointed to the historical and cultural commonalities between Iran and Bosnia and urged promotion of economic, trade and tourism ties between the two countries.

"Terrorism, extremism and violence are serious dangers for the world and fighting them needs collective collaboration," he added.

In a relevant development in late October, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on broadening of trade and economic cooperation with Iran.

The MoU was signed by the two countries' senior officials in the presence of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the visiting President of Bosnia-Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovi? during a ceremony at Tehran's Sa'adabad Complex on Tuesday.

According to the MoU, the two countries should work for the expansion of cooperation among the Iranian and Bosnian enterprises and industrial parks.

The Bosnian president, heading a high-ranking political, economic and cultural delegation, arrived in Tehran on Monday evening for a four-day visit.

"Ever since Bosnia's independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992, Iran and Bosnia have maintained favorable bilateral relations," President Rouhani said during the ceremony.

The Iranian president pointed to Islam as the religion of mercy which has invited the people of the world towards peaceful coexistence, and said, "The promotion of moderate Islam can serve as a major cultural basis for European Muslims, including those of Bosnia and Herzegovina."

President Rouhani said that a joint commission is slated for December in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo to examine and finalize the list of the areas of cooperation between the two countries.

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Date:Nov 9, 2016
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