TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and Thailand underlined the need for the further expansion of bilateral ties between the two friendly states in various fields. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a meeting with Thai Prime Minister Office’s Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan, said friendship between Iran and Thailand has been rooted in history, the stressed the need to boost all-out cooperation between the two nations. Mutual cooperation between Tehran and Bangkok in the international arenas will undoubtedly bring various significant achievements, the Iranian president reiterated. The Thai official, for his part, said his country welcomes expansion of relations with friendly Iran. Tehran and Bangkok have recently augmented their efforts to further bolster their economic ties and exchanges. Iran and Thailand’s top diplomats in a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York in 2011 had explored avenues for the further expansion of relations and cooperation. During the meeting in September 2011, Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi underlined Tehran’s resolve to further expand relations with Thailand, and voiced Iran’s preparedness to promote the level of cooperation with Bangkok in all the various political, economic, trade, cultural and scientific grounds. Salehi further cited the two countries’ coordination at international bodies and circles as among other areas for Tehran-Bangkok cooperation. He also described exchange of delegations at different levels as a constructive measure for expediting development of bilateral relations and cooperation. Also during the meeting, the Thai foreign minister underlined the two countries’ cordial ties, and asked for the bolstering and boosting of Tehran-Bangkok cooperation through continued and regular political consultations and follow-ups on the agreements made by the two states’ joint economic cooperation commission and consular cooperation committee.
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