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Iranian, Belarus FMs emphasize need for broader economic cooperation

Tehran, IRNA – Ministers of foreign affairs of Iran and Belarus in a meeting in New York on Wednesday emphasized the need for expansion of bilateral economic ties.

The meeting of the Iranian and Belarus foreign ministers, Hossein Amirabdollahian and Vladimir Makei was on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and the two sides in it exchanged viewpoints on bilateral ties and economic cooperation between the two countries.

The Belarus foreign minister in the meeting emphasized on Minsk’s will for implementing the reached agreement in last week meeting between the two countries’ presidents on the sidelines of the last week's Shanghai Cooperation Conference in Dushanbe.

“The oppressive sanctions imposed against both countries can only face defeat based on our joint cooperation,” said Makei.

He emphasized that his country is ready for comprehensive cooperation with Iran and establishment of a balanced economic relation with Iran.

Makei referred to the numerous meetings at technical level between the two countries, noting that implementing the reached agreements is in need of the existence of strong political will.

The Iranian foreign minister, for his part, said in the meeting that the two presidents' meeting was quite fruitful, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for opening and new path for improvement of bilateral ties.

Amirabdollahian expressed regret that the volume of bilateral trade has decreased despite the reached agreements, reiterating that Iran is ready for serious cooperation with Belorussia in such fields as industrial and heavy machines, agricultural machines, electrical buses, car spare parts, and agricultural items.

The Iranian foreign minister referred to the cancellation of the joint political commission and the joint economic commission during the past four years, asking for the holding of those commissions and telling his Belarus counterpart that Tehran is still waiting for the appointments of the head of the joint commissions by Minsk and holding the political commission in October.

Amirabdollahian said that it is also possible to use the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU) for expansion of bilateral ties.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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