Iran Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has called on Muslims to watch out for never-ending plots by enemies of the Muslim world to sow discord among them. Salehi made the call on Monday in a meeting with the visiting president of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Algerian National Assembly, Belgasem Belabbas, in Tehran. The Iranian minister also highlighted the role of Iran and Algeria, as two important and influential countries located in two sensitive regions of Middle East and Africa. He added that both countries share positions vis-à-vis regional and international developments, and stressed the importance of close contacts between Iranian and Algerian officials. “The two Muslim and brotherly countries of Iran and Algeria have very good relations and we hope that we will witness further improvement in their all-out ties, particularly in economic and trade sectors, through support of the two countries’ parliaments,” Salehi said.
Belabbas, for his part, criticized double-standards by certain Western countries on terrorism, nuclear energy and Israel’s nuclear arsenal, reaffirming Algeria’s support for Iran’s right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.He expressed his country’s readiness to strengthen ties with Iran and called for the establishment of a joint parliamentary committee between the two countries. SF/KA/SS