TEHRAN, Apr. 24 (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed the need for holding dialogue among nations to improve cooperation and fight against terrorism.

Meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Athens on Sunday, Zarif welcomed China and Greece’s initiative to hold Ancient Civilizations Forum, saying the international community needs dialogue among countries with ancient civilization.

“It is important to hold talks and dialogue among countries to increase cooperation, especially in countering terrorism which has infected the international community,” Zarif noted.

Iranian foreign minister went on to describe bilateral relations at satisfactory level and asked for strengthening economic cooperation and the resolution of financial and banking problems.

Zarif underlined that Iran and China have been friends for years in tough times and will continue their friendship, asking for China’s more active participation in the development of the Chabahar port.

Chinese FM, for his part, pointed to the old civilization of Iran and China and underlined “to protect our civilizational records, Iran and China are needed to cooperate in finding proper solution to the existing problems in the human society and the Greek forum could be a good solution in this respect.”

Javad Zarif arrived in Athens on Sunday morning to take part in Ancient Civilizations Forum, attended by representatives from nine other nations, known as descendants of the world’s ancient civilizations.

Officials from Greece, China, India, Iraq, Egypt, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia have taken part in the two-day conference.

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