In a meeting held here in the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare of the Iran, the Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Jalaghania discussed the issues of mutual interest with Iranian Minister, Dr. Rabiei.
“Iran and Georgia enjoy many cultural commonalities that is a good ground for developing economic relations in diverse domains. Also, organizing joint commission of the two countries facilitates such relationship,” said Dr. Rabiei.
Iranian Minister added, “We are ready to accelerate building three ceramic, pharmaceutical and cement factories in Georgia. I hope we can host the prime minister of Georgia in Tehran well ahead of the next meeting of the joint commission.”
Mr. Jalaghania said, “We are not satisfied with the 100 million dollars volume of economic exchange between the two countries and Georgia is ready to solicit Iranian investors in the post-sanction conditions.”
The Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister said that his major aim of visit to Iran was holding political talks with Iranian officials in various economic areas such as trade, tourism and transit and said, “Georgia is ready to receive more than 90,000 tourists a year. This move could be reciprocal and Georgian tourists will choose Iran as their trip destination. Currently, two Iranian airliners fly to Tbilisi twice a week; we can launch more flights from different provinces.
Iran is a trustworthy partner in the region and Georgia wishes to extend its south to north corridor with the collaboration of Iran. Development of transportation industry will enable us to expand our cooperation with Iran for transit of commodities to European counties from the newly-established port in the Black Sea.”
Regarding the four-sided cooperation of Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran in the energy sector, Mr. Jalaghania said, “Iran, to export gas to the European market, needs further expert studies; however, Georgia is ready to cooperate in the plan.”