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Iran opposes both expansion of NATO in region, war in Ukraine

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Sat / 12 November 2022 / 15:26

Tehran (ISNA) - In a phone call, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Bulgarian counterpart, Nikolay Milkov exchanged views on the latest developments in bilateral and international relations.

Amir-Abdollahian thanked Bulgaria for condemning the Daesh terror attack on the holy shrine of Shah Cheragh in Shiraz, emphasizing the importance of bilateral ties, ahead of the 125th anniversary of the establishment diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The top Iranian diplomat also commented on the recent talks between the Islamic Republic and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.

Elsewhere, he touched on the developments in Ukraine and said, "We are against the continuation of war in Ukraine and make efforts for a ceasefire."

Amir-Abdollahian said, "We face no restriction in exports and imports of arms based on Security Council Resolution 2231, but we have not provided any weapons to Russia for use in the Ukraine war. Our position is to oppose both the expansion of NATO in the region and the war in Ukraine."

He also outlined Iran's stance against the convening of an extraordinary meeting of the UN Human Rights Council and any political behavior against Iran.

For his part, the Bulgarian foreign minister pointed to good and long-running ties between the two countries, calling for efforts to hold a session of the two sides' Joint Commission in 2023.

He thanked his Iranian counterpart for explanations on the developments in Ukraine as well as Iran's opposition to war and pursuit of political solutions to the Ukraine crisis.

Milkov said his country always supports the process of reviving the Iran nuclear deal and the realization of an agreement between Iran and the international community.

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