0858 GMT October 06, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said Tehran welcomes the constant expansion of relations with all Central Asian countries, particularly Uzbekistan, and sees no limits in this regard.
The president made the remarks in an address to a meeting with visiting Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umurzakov, in Tehran on Sunday, president.ir reported.
Pointing to the two countries’ historical and cultural commonalities as well as diverse capacities for boosting ties, Raeisi said, today, the two sides’ political will is based on developing and deepening all-out relations.
“We are determined to take massive steps toward the two countries’ prosperity and development by activating and using all capacities.”
He said the two countries have considerable capacities for cooperation in different economic sectors, such as the fields of agriculture, industry, transportation, energy and tourism.
Raeisi stressed that the two states’ common capacities and facilities can be used for safeguarding their interests, as well as those of regional and transregional countries.
Commenting on the two sides’ deep-rooted historical and cultural commonalities, he highlighted the importance of increasing bilateral cultural relations and interactions, saying efforts to these ends will prepare the ground for the enhancement of Tehran-Tashkent cooperation in other areas.
Umurzakov, who is also Uzbekistan’s minister of investments and foreign trade, said immediately after Raeisi’s meeting with his Uzbek counterpart, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, on the sidelines of the 15th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit in Ashgabat in November 2021, Tashkent began preparing a roadmap for boosting bilateral ties.
He added a high-ranking delegation comprising Uzbekistan’s economic officials and private sector businessmen is accompanying him on his visit to Tehran, aimed at exploring ways to implement the roadmap for developing all-out relations.
Umurzakov noted that the volume of bilateral annual trade transactions has witnessed a 2.5-fold growth compared to the previous year, expressing Tashkent’s resolve to further deepen ties with Tehran in the trade, economy, investment, transportation, transit and culture sectors.