TEHRAN, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday that promotion of all-out relations with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is of high importance to Tehran, semi-official Fars news agency reported.
Expansion of all-out ties with the CIS nations, especially in the energy sector, is of high significance for Iran, Zarif said in a meeting with CIS ambassadors to Tehran.
"This cooperation and its enhancement can turn the region into one of the most stable and developable regions in Asia and the world's energy hub in practice," he said.
Zarif also called for collective cooperation to face extremism and terrorism, as they "recognize no borders."
Following the disintegration of former Soviet Union, CIS was created in December 1991. At present, the CIS unites Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.