No limits in Tehran-Jakarta Ties

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Indonesian Vice President Mohammad Yousef Kala on Sunday underlined the need for unity among Muslim countries, IRNA reported.

“The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in their capacities as two important international organizations should fulfill their main duties properly and play a more influential role in the current developments under the present sensitive and historical juncture,” President Rouhani said during the meeting while reiterating on the need for unity and solidarity among Muslim nations and countries.

The meeting between President Rouhani and the Indonesian vice-president took place on the sidelines of the 17th NAM Summit Meeting in Margarita Island, Venezuela. 

President Rouhani pointed the status quo of Iran-Indonesia relations, and said, ‘The two countries have very close political and regional standpoints and it is necessary for both countries to boost the level of their cooperation and coordination more than before.’ 

The Iranian president underlined that strengthening economic and banking cooperation between Iran and Indonesia will prepare the grounds for broadening of all-out mutual cooperation.

Jusuf Kalla, for his part, said Iran and Indonesia, as two important Muslim countries, have always made efforts to promote peace across the Muslim world but must take more steps in this regard.

The Indonesian vice president added that the two countries can boost constructive cooperation in the Muslim world and help thwart arrogant powers’ efforts to sow discord among different Muslim countries.

The NAM meeting brought together heads of state and delegates from all the 120 member countries to discuss key regional and international issues. Iran handed over the rotating presidency of the bloc to Venezuela during the summit.

NAM, an international organization with 120 member states and 21 observer countries, represents nearly two-thirds of the UN members. It is regarded as not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.