Jan 25, 2016, 5:40 PM
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Velayati: New era in Iran's relations with other countries

Tehran, Jan 25, IRNA – Head of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council Ali-Akbar Velayati said on Monday that new era has begun in Iran's relations with the outside world as other countries favor expansion of relations with the Islamic Republic

Velayati made the remark in an interview with reporters at the end of a press briefing on the forthcoming Second International Seminar on 'Danger of Takfiri Groups in Today's World; Responsibility of World Muslim Ulima.'
Velayati said relations with Europe is a part of Iran's important and traditional policies and undoubtedly, 'We are at the beginning of a new era of relations with the world.'
To a question on the visit of President Hassan Rouhani to Italy and France, Velayati said the competition among European companies is obvious in many visits they are paying to Iran and this is not limited to Europe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, heading a big delegation, came to Iran, which is unprecedented in history of the country's relations with other states.'
'This shows that there is a public will worldwide for expansion of ties with Iran, that is the most important country of the region,' he added.
Also asked about Iran-Azerbaijan relations, Velayati said, 'Since Azerbaijan's independence, I have done my best, as then foreign minister of Iran, to forge closer ties between the Republic and Iran as they share abundant cultural commonalties. We have provided the country with assistance when needed and that's Iran's duty to rush to the help of countries sharing commonalty with us.'
On Iran-Turkey relations, Velayati said there has been no severance of ties between Iran and Turkey and they have had peaceful co-existence for years, decades and centuries , though there might be differences of opinion at times.