President underlines expansion of ties with Belarus

Tehran, Oct 22, IRNA


President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a meeting with Belarus Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov here Sunday referred to Iran-Belarus close and friendly ties and urged the need to expand such relations in various sectors such as energy, industries and trade.

According to a report released by the Presidential Office Media Department, the president said that given the pressure exerted on all countries -- in particular the independent ones -- by the present unipolar system, friendly states are required to undermine such an unjust system through cooperation.

"Iran is determined to sign bilateral and multifaceted agreements to this end with independent countries, such as Belarus," he said.

Turning to the upcoming visit of the Belarus president to Tehran, Ahmadinejad hoped that the tour will contribute to decisive measures towards strengthening bilateral relations and that Alexander Lukashenko's trip will be a turning point in expansion of such ties.

For his part, Martynov said that grounds for cooperation between the two countries are quite favorable, calling for expansion of bilateral relations in various fields.

He referred to the common views of the two sides on international developments and criticized the world unipolar system.

Martynov declared the readiness of his country for cooperation with Iran and other independent states to change the world structure from the present unipolar system to a multipolar one.