Iran, Colombia to boost ties

Iran, Colombia to boost ties
# 13 March 2011 01:36 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Behrouz Kamalvandi has met with Colombian Congress President Armando Benedetti as he continues his Latin American tour, APA reports quoting Press TV.

In the meeting, the two sides discussed a whole range of issues, namely the promotion of mutual parliamentary relations.

The Iranian diplomat briefed the Colombian Congress president on the duties of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) and its interaction with the executive branch of the Islamic establishment.

Kamalvandi explained that Iran’s Parliament is one of the most effective legislative bodies in the world, and is mandated by the Constitution to oversee the performance of the executive branch and the enforcement of laws.

The senior Iranian official also elaborated on Iran’s achievements in different scientific and economic fields.

Kamalvandi further touched upon the developments in the Middle East and North Africa as well as the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He expressed Iran’s readiness to work closely with Colombia on the economic front, and said the private sectors of both countries should play a more active role in this regard.

Kamalvandi also invited Benedetti to visit Iran.

The Colombia Congress president, in turn, said he was interested in traveling to Iran.

He elaborated on the standard operating procedure of the Colombian Congress as well as how representatives are selected.

He expressed hope economic relations between the two nations would expand, adding that the Colombian Congress was ready to facilitate this trend.