Iran, Uzbekistan have many capacities to develop cooperation

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Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian First Vice-President Es'haq Jahangiri met with his Uzbek counterpart in Tehran and expressed on Iran readiness to boost its relations with Tashkent.

During the meeting with Uzbekistan First Vice-President Achilbay Ramatov, Mr. Jahangiri said, “Tehran and Tashkent have many capacities to develop their cooperation and must use these capacities to serve the interests of the two countries and nations”.

“The two nations must work under the frame work of a joint committee to identify opportunities for cooperation and provide the necessary infrastructure, laws and agreement for fulfilling these capacities,” Mr. Jahangiri stated in his Tuesday meeting with his Uzbek counterpart.

Considering the previous meeting of Iranian and Uzbek presidents in Astana and the upcoming visit of President Rouhani to Tashkent as a new chapter in relations between the two countries, Mr. Jahangiri said, “We are living in a region that is involved in important issues such as extremism, divisionism and terrorism so we must cooperate with each other in security issues”.

Pointing to the engineering capacities of Iranian companies and contractors in introducing engineering and technical services to Uzbekistan in the field of oil, gas, power and water, he said, “Iran is ready to completely provide Uzbekistan`s needs to energy carriers”.

For his part, Uzbek First Vice-President stressed that the visit to Iran was aimed at removing the existing barriers in the bilateral relations.

He said, “Tashkent policy is to increase the level of economic ties with Tehran by one million dollars and hold talks to boost transportation, tourism and trade cooperation”.

Pointing to the high capacities for developing bilateral ties, he announced that has good talks with Iranian officials in different issues and said, “Uzbekistan exports its goods thorough a secure corridor and hopes to connect to the high seas by building railways through Chabahar”.

Uzbekistan First Vice-President has also expressed his views about establishing airlines between the two countries, buying oil and providing special facilities to Iranian businessmen and tourists.

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