Iran calls for expansion of ties with Belarus

TEHRAN, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President's Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashae'i called for the consolidation of ties and further expansion of mutual cooperation between Iran and Belarus, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

Mashae'i said in a meeting with Belarusian Envoy to Tehran Victor Rybak that Iran and Belarus enjoyed friendly relations, and shared common viewpoints on international issues, according to the report.

Facing the current world situation, the two countries need to increase mutual cooperation and ties in different fields, he was quoted as saying.

For his part, Rybak said that Iran and Belarus share many commonalities and there is no limit for the promotion of bilateral ties, according to Fars.

On Wednesday, the official IRNA news agency reported that Iran will inaugurate copper wire factory in Belarus in the presence of Iranian Minister of Industries and Mines Ali-Akbar Mehrabian next week.

Minsk and Tehran established diplomatic relations in 1992 and the two sides have enjoyed good relations in recent years with regular high-level meetings and various agreements.

Iran has signed an agreement to launch an assembly line of car production in Belarus and has also established a bank in Belarus in a bid to facilitate financial and banking services between the two countries.


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