TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on the second leg of his tour of the Balkan region, held separate meetings with his Bulgarian counterpart, Ekaterina Zakharieva, and the Eastern European country’s Parliament Speaker Tsveta Karayancheva.

In their meeting in Sofia on Wednesday, Zarif and Zakharieva discussed ways to follow up on the implementation of the agreements already signed between the two countries.

They also exchanged views about the latest developments in the Middle East, including the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, and the need to fight terrorism and extremism as a common threat to the world.

In Zarif’s second meeting on the same day, the Bulgarian parliament speaker hailed the age-old relations between Iran and the Eastern European country and called for closer ties in all spheres.  

Karayancheva also voiced her country’s willingness to promote parliamentary ties between Tehran and Sofia and invited Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani to pay an official visit to Bulgaria.

Zarif started his tour of the Balkans on Monday in a bid to boost relations between the Islamic Republic and countries in the Eastern European region.

After visiting Serbia and Bulgaria, Zarif is now in Croatia and plans to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina on the last leg of his tour to hold talks with senior officials of the Balkan country.

A high-ranking political and economic delegation, including a number of Iranian entrepreneurs from the public and private sectors, are accompanying the top diplomat.