Tehran, Minsk to Further Expand Mutual Cooperation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar and Belarusian Ambassador to Tehran Victor Rybak in a meeting in Tehran underlined Tehran and Minsk's resolve to further increase mutual cooperation between the two countries, specially in economic fields.

During the meeting, the Iranian minister highlighted the high volume of trade exchange between the two countries and said the two sides' high ranking officials are determined to fully broaden bilateral ties.

Referring to expansion of economic cooperation between a number of Iranian provinces and Belarus, he said Tehran is ready to expand all-out cooperation with Minsk.

The Belarusian ambassador, for his part, briefed the Iranian minister on the outcome of exchange of visits by the two sides' officials in recent years.

Referring to the high potentials of both countries, he called for expansion of economic and commercial cooperation between the two states.

Tehran and Minsk enjoy good political relations but officials are not satisfied with the volume of the two countries' economic cooperation.

In October, Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, in a meeting with visiting Belarusian Industry Minister Alexander Radevich, praised the close ties between the two countries, and stressed Tehran's support for the further expansion of bilateral relations.

"Relations between Iran and Belarus are excellent and unique, and by setting high goals, the two countries can exert further leverage in international affairs," Rahimi stated at the time.

The Iranian official further said that Iran and Belarus have signed good deals which if are put into force, remarkable progress will be made in bilateral relations and cooperation.

Head of the Northern province of Mazandaran's Exporters Union Nasir Omranian Mohammadi pointed to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's special attention to Tehran's ties with Minsk, and noted, "Surely, Belarus enjoys very good capacities for the expansion of bilateral trade ties."


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