Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN -- President Mahmud Ahmadinejad told visiting Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov on Sunday that most countries, especially independent countries, have come under pressure in the current unipolar world system. The president said, "Cooperation among friendly countries to break this unjust system is a necessity."
The Islamic Republic of Iran is firmly committed to boosting relations with independent countries like Belarus, he added.
Iran and Belarus are in consensus on many economic and political issues, he said, adding that mutual cooperation, especially in the energy and defense industries, should be strengthened.
Belarusian President Alekasandr Lukashenko is to visit Iran in the near future.
Ahmadinejad expressed hope that Tehran and Minsk would take great steps to boost ties during Lukashenko's trip to Iran.
Martynov criticized the unipolar world system, saying Belarus and Iran share many common views on international issues. "Belarus is prepared to cooperate with Iran and other independent countries to transform the world's unipolar system into a multipolar one."
He expressed satisfaction over the current level of ties between the two countries but called for continued strengthening of Tehran-Minsk relations.