Mottaki emphasizes Iran-Belarus cooperation

TEHRAN, July 23 (MNA) - Iranian Foreign minister Manuchehr Mottaki stated here on Sunday that Iran and Belarus can be good trade partners in international markets.

"The determination of the officials of the two countries to expand the ties is a great asset which can make the prospect of mutual relations more promising," Mottaki told the new Belarusian Ambassador to Tehran, Victor Rybak.

Mottaki made the remarks as he received a copy of the ambassador's credentials.

Emphasizing the expansion of ties among the developing nations, Mottaki said, "The two countries have common interests and concerns on regional and international issues."

For his part, Rybak called Iran a country with a record of civilization and culture

He also praised President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Belarussia last year.

"The Iranian president's trip to Minsk last year opened a new chapter in bilateral relations," the ambassador noted.

He also expressed satisfaction over the implementation of joint projects which he said are valued at $1.9 billion.