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Iran’s Zarif urges ideological battle against extremism

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina must jointly fight terrorism to promote peace and security in the region and across the world.

According to Press TV, Zarif said in a meeting with Bakir Izetbegovic, the Muslim Bosniak Member of Bosnia’s Tripartite Presidency, in Sarajevo on Friday “The fight against terrorism and extremism is a common concern of Iran, Bosnia and the European Union. Extremism has nothing to do with Islam and other religions.”

“An ideological and cultural campaign against the dogma of extremism must be among the priorities. We can cooperate with each other in this field and regard it in the interest of regional and international peace and security,” he added.

He further stressed the importance of removing obstacles in the way of developing trade ties and said Iran can be a secure energy supplier for Bosnia.

Izetbegovic, for his part, commended the proper level of political and cultural relations between Tehran and Sarajevo and said the lifting of sanctions against Iran has prepared the ground for improving economic cooperation.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the US, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany signed the landmark nuclear agreement – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

‘Iran seeks to promote Bosnia stability’

Meanwhile, in a meeting with Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, the Iranian foreign minister said Tehran’s policy is to help Sarajevo improve its national solidarity and stability through the cooperation of all ethnic groups.