TEHRAN, July 25 (Xinhua) -- An Iranian top security official met with a chief aide to the Brazilian president in South Africa on Tuesday to discuss bilateral ties and issues of common interest, Iran's official news agency IRNA reported.
The meeting between Ali Akbar Ahmadian, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, and Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim, chief advisor of the Presidency of Brazil, came on the sidelines of the 13th Meeting of BRICS National Security Advisers and High Representatives on National Security held in Johannesburg, said the report.
Ahmadian said the development of all-out relations with Brazil holds special importance in Iran's foreign policy, stressing the necessity of improving bilateral trade relations and agriculture cooperation, especially in the private sector.
He expressed hopes that relations between Tehran and Brasilia would further expand after Iran's accession to the BRICS, the acronym for an emerging-market cooperative mechanism that groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Amorim, for his part, highlighted the two countries' commonalities in key international issues, voicing his country's readiness to boost trade relations and technology and agriculture cooperation with Iran.
The two sides also hailed the BRICS' significant role in promoting multilateralism, reaffirming their determination to support each other in international assemblies. ■