Iran, Belarus to Hold Joint Command-and-Control PhD Courses

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Defense Ministry's Malek-e Ashtar University and a Belarusian training institute plan to hold a joint PhD course in the field of command-and-control, an Iranian official announced on Monday.

Iran's Deputy Minister of Sciences, Researches and Technology for Research Mohammad Mehdinejad made the announcement while speaking to reporters on the achievements made at a meeting between Iranian and Belarusian science ministry officials in Tehran.

"This meeting followed the two countries' earlier talks, during which we endorsed a number of cooperation protocols in different fields," Mehdinejad added.

He further named soil fertility and agricultural issues, laser medicine, computational calculations, super computers, physics, thermodynamics, bio technology and nanotechnology as among main areas of cooperation between Tehran and Minsk.

Noting that the Belarusian delegation will stay in Tehran for the next two days, Mehdinejad expressed the hope that the two sides would reach more agreements in the implementation of joint projects during the sojourn of the Belarusian officials in Tehran.

Tehran and Minsk have in recent months increased efforts to start a jump in mutual cooperation.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in December that Tehran and Minsk were laying the foundations for broader ties and intended to promote relations to the highest level possible.

Also Belarusian Prime Minister Sergey Sidorskiy in a meeting with Iran's Central Bank Governor Mahmoud Bahmani in November urged the Iranian side to increase the volume of trade cooperation with Minsk.

Noting that the current volume of economic cooperation between Tehran and Minsk stands at about $100mln, Sidorskiy reiterated that the opening of the second Iranian Bank in Belarus should help boost the volume to $1bln.

The National Bank of Belarus registered two Iranian banks, namely the 'Onerbank' and 'Trading Capital Bank (TC Bank)', respectively in October 2009 and December 2008.

The Belarusian official also expressed satisfaction over his country's joint investment with Iran in the car industry as well as oil, petrochemical and development projects.


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