Malaysia says will never recognize US sanctions against Iran

Malaysian Foreign Minister Zambry Abdul Kadir has expressed Kuala Lumpur’s opposition to Washington's sanctions on Tehran, saying his country will never recognize the embargoes.

During a meeting with Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran on Tuesday, Zambry described the Islamic Republic as Malaysia’s “very important partner” in the region and the Muslim world.

He also hailed “positive” meetings with Iranian officials during his trip to Tehran on August 20-23.

Zambry further called for the development of bilateral relations, especially in the fields of agriculture, medicine, science, and technology.

Raisi, for his part, said that devising a long-term strategic cooperation plan between Iran and Malaysia will “open up new horizons” in bilateral ties.

He also expressed hope that the cooperation plan will lead to enhanced relations and economic exchanges.

The top Malaysian diplomat paid his first official visit to Iran since assuming office last December, upon an invitation by his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amirabdollahian.

In a Monday meeting, Zambry and Amirabdollahian held talks about further improvement of Iran-Malaysia ties and some leading regional and international issues.

They further agreed to speed up the extradition of criminals and the exchange of prisoners.

The Iranian foreign minister stated that a session of the Iran-Malaysia joint economic commission would convene in Tehran in the near future and its sub-committees would hold regular sessions to discuss consular, trade, economic, and cultural issues and the fight against terrorism.

He added that diplomatic efforts are underway to organize visits by President Raisi to Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysian prime minister to Tehran.

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