Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the establishment of peace and security in the region is the top priority of the Islamic Republic.
Salehi made the remark in a meeting with Australia’s new Ambassador to Tehran Paul Foley on Monday, where he also stressed the importance of Iran’s geopolitical position in the region.
The Iranian foreign minister also commented on the ongoing crisis in Syria and said terrorism and extremism were two major risks that threatened the entire region.
The foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria has been taking its toll on the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, since March 2011.
Salehi expressed hope that the international community would make collective efforts to bring peace and stability to Syria.
Iran has repeatedly voiced opposition to any foreign intervention in the internal affairs of Syria. Tehran says inclusive dialog and national reconciliation as well as free elections are the keys to resolving the unrest in the country.
Meanwhile, the new Australian envoy to Tehran praised Iran’s historical and cultural grandeur and hoped for the further development of ties between Tehran and Canberra.
In a separate development, Iran’s foreign minister also met with Germany’s outgoing Ambassador to Tehran Brand Erbel on Monday. During the meeting, Salehi called for the development of bilateral relations in the fields of trade and industry between Iran and Germany.
Erbel, for his part, lauded Iran’s numerous capacities and said Germany would proceed with efforts to promote relations with Iran in the field of science and technology.