Jan 5, 2014, 11:43 PM
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Zarif confers with Italian senator

Tehran, Jan 5, IRNA – Head of Italian Senate Foreign Policy Commission Senator Pier Ferdinando Casini conferred with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif here on Sunday.

According to the report of Foreign Ministry website on Sunday evening, Senator Casini, who is visiting Iran heading a parliamentary delegation, met with foreign minister Zarif and discussed bilateral ties, regional developments and international issues.

In the meeting, Zarif, by referring to local model of democracy in the region, said that Iran is a successful model of democracy; a model which shaped after the victory of the Islamic revolution of Iran.

Referring to growing instability in the Middle East, Zarif said that the region needs an indigenous model of democracy.

He continued that in the past several years, planning has been underway to eliminate Iran’s role; an approach which had been wrong.

Referring to existing radicalism and terrorism in Syria, Zarif stressed that radicalism threatens everybody and no one can claim that it is just a regional problem.

The foreign minister underlined that if there is not enough cooperation, radicalism will spread to other regional countries and we will witness success of radicalism in these states.

Zarif called Italian stance in opposing with military act against Syria 'wise' and added that if it had happened, an uncontrollable fire could have broken out in the region.

He added that Iranian nation wants cooperation, but considering the Iranian pessimism about the west good will, they should try to obtain Iranians' confidence.

Iran’s senior diplomat called parliamentary contacts and meetings between officials of the two countries constructive.

Casini, for his part, by referring to the role of parliaments of the both countries in expansion of relations, expressed hope that mutual ties could develop in all aspects.

The Italian senator, by referring to the Middle East developments, underlined that an influential and big country like Iran can play an important role in the region.

He also stressed on necessity of cooperation between Iran and Italy concerning different regional issues.