Iran, Belarus call for expansion of mutual ties

Belarus Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov conferred here Sunday with Iran's Minister of Commerce Seyed Masoud Mir-Kazemi on expansion of political and economic cooperation between the two countries.

At the meeting, the two sides also called for implementation of joint projects.

According to the Public Relations Department of the Commerce Ministry, Mir-Kazemi referred to the existing capabilities and called for increase in the level of trade exchange and ties between the two countries.

Through implementation of a precise and concrete program, it would be possible to further bolster cooperation between the two countries, he said.

He also called for swift implementation of agreements signed by the two sides and called for removal of existing barriers facing the private sectors.

To further promote mutual economic cooperation, he called for establishment of banking cooperation, opening of letter of credits for rendering financial aid, establishment of standard institutes to supervise quality of products and removal of barriers to issuance of visas to businessmen.

Iran is ready to provide Belarus with various medical, pharmaceutical, sanitary and medical equipment and services along ith implementation of joint projects in petrochemicals industries, auto making, foodstuff, construction materials and agricultural products, he said.

Given historical and cultural commonalties of the two countries, he called for implementation of joint investment projects in third countries.

The Belarus foreign minister, for his part, voiced satisfaction with the expansion of his country's economic cooperation with Iran and voiced support for holding joint economic commission meetings as a proper means for expansion of economic ties between the two states.

He called for promotion of banking cooperation as well as removal of red-tapes to help increase current level of trade exchanges between the two countries.