17:29 Apr. 11, 2016
Marina Kaljurand meets Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during official visit to Tehran
Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday, both of whom expressed a great deal of interest in the development of relations with Estonia, according to ERR News.
"A new era in relations between the E.U. and Iran has begun, and in light of that, it is important to start strengthening bilateral cooperation between Estonia and Iran," said Kaljurand, meeting with Zarif on an official visit to Iran.
Zarif noted that while positive developments in economic relations were already apparent, trade between the two countries could be strengthened considerably. He affirmed that Kaljurand's visit and the meetings between entrepreneurs taking place over the course of the visit are important steps in the right direction.
The Iranian minister also expressed particular interest in Estonia's e-governance and e-voting. Kaljurand confirmed that Estonia is prepared to share its experience with e-governance with Iran and invited Zarif to visit Estonia in order to learn more about the country, an invitation which Zarif was prepared to accept.
The two ministers discussed the issue of women and their empowerment in Iran, an issue which the Iranian minister confirmed is being actively addressed. They also discussed the situation in Iran's neighboring areas, including Syria, as well as the situation in Ukraine and relations with Russia.
Kaljurand discussed the fight against terrorism and the security situation in Iran's vicinity with the President of Iran as well. President Rouhani stated that the situation in several neighboring countries was disturbing and that in order to stop the spread of terrorism to Europe and elsewhere, the problem had to be addressed first and foremost at its source. Kaljurand said that cooperation between Iran and the EU was necessary to guarantee the security and stability of the region.