Iran Ready To Strengthen Ties With Indonesia: President Rouhani

Jakarta (Antara News) - Iran's President, Hassan Rouhani, has said that Iran is ready to further strengthen relations with Indonesia in areas of mutual interest, after meeting Indonesian House Speaker Marzuki Alie.President Rouhani, on his official website, was quoted as saying on Wednesday that since Indonesia is a major Islamic country, Iran and Indonesia should try to develop deeper relations.

Relations between both nations are friendly and developing, he added.

The Iranian President highlighted the positive aspects of the bilateral cooperation at the international level, including at the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and NAM .

"The two countries share identical viewpoints and we should further develop bilateral economic and cultural cooperation," he told Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives Marzuki Alie in Tehran.

Rouhani stressed the need for unity among Islamic countries, especially when some parties are seeking to create rifts within the Islamic world.

Dr. Rouhani said the two countries' Muslims should promote true Islamic culture and attempt to convince others that Muslims are not violent people or terrorists.

The Indonesian Parliament Speaker expressed satisfaction with his visit to Iran and hoped that it would lead to the expansion of long-lasting bilateral relations.

"During our visit to Iran, we have come to the realization that Iran is an advanced and powerful country," Marzuki Alie was quoted as saying on the Iranian President's website.

The visiting Indonesian legislator also offered condolences to Iran over the blasts in front of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed several civilians, including Iran's cultural attaché. ***1***
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