FM hails growing ties between Iran, Uzbekistan
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian hailed the developing relations between the Islamic Republic and Uzbekistan.
According to Tasnim news agency, Amirabdollahian held talks with Uzbekistan’s Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umurzakov on bilateral relations between the two countries and key regional issues.
During the meeting, the Iranian foreign minister congratulated Umurzakov on Nowruz, as a common heritage of regional countries and expressed his pleasure on the progress in the relations between the two countries, especially following the meeting of the joint commission for economic cooperation.
He also explicated on the approach of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on neighborly ties and conveyed the greetings of the Iranian president to his Uzbek counterpart.
Amirabdollahian also described as significant the existing potential for cooperation between the two countries in the sphere of bilateral ties, especially in the fields of economy, transportation and transit as well as tapping deeper into existing potential offered by the port city of Chabahar and Khaf-Herat railway.
The foreign minister also expressed Iran’s readiness for greater cooperation in the fields of technology and knowledge-based companies.
Cooperation between the two countries on Afghanistan was among other issues raised during the meeting, which saw the Iranian foreign minister reiterating the necessity for exploitation of existing mechanisms between the two countries on Afghanistan, the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s website reported.
Amirabdollahian also briefed Umurzakov on the latest developments concerning the Vienna talks.
He criticized the United States’ approach on the recent sanctions targeting some Iranian officials, noting that everything now hinges on whether the US wants to act realistically or take responsibility for the collapse of the negotiations.
During the meeting, Umurzakov also congratulated Amirabdollahian on Nowruz and conveyed the greetings of the Uzbek president to top Iranian officials.
He underlined the great significance of the bilateral ties in different fields and talked about the existing potential for cooperation between the two countries, and highlighted Uzbekistan’s willingness to implement agreements with Iran.