Iran to Hold a Unique Standing in Ecuador’s Foreign Policy

A00870809.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Ecuador’s President-elect Rafael Correa stressed during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the Islamic Republic will be given a top stand in Quito’s foreign policy.

Correa further voiced pleasure in hosting Ahmadinejad and his accompanying delegation, and further stressed that his administration is opposed to neo- liberalism which, he said, is merely based on trade and economic gains.

He further reiterated that his government is seeking to cooperate with friendly states in order to “fight such a logic.”

The Ecuadorian president-elect also voiced his country’s preparedness to expand ties and boost bilateral and multilateral cooperation with Iran in cultural, economic and trade areas.

He stated that cooperation between the two nations will be based on brotherhood and consolidation of friendship rather than competition, adding that the rich Iranian civilization can serve as an important pillar for the said cooperation.

Correa also pointed out that diversification of foreign trade is among the main policies of his administration, and underscored that the Islamic Republic of Iran will soon find a special place in his country’s foreign policy.

The two presidents also agreed to pave the ground for the inauguration of Iran, Ecuador embassies in their respective capitals.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, accompanied by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and other senior officials, arrived in Quito Sunday evening.

He arrived in Ecuador on the final leg of a tri-nation tour of Latin America. He has already attended talks with Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega during his earlier visits to Venezuela and Nicaragua on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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