Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Shariatmadari: Iran, Kyrgyzstan to sign economic, trade accord

IranMania News: "Iran, Kyrgyzstan to sign economic, trade accord

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com

LONDON, Sep 29 (IranMania) - A Kyrgyz official said here Tuesday that the meeting of Iranian and Kyrgyz economic experts have been successful, Iran's State News Agency (IRNA) reported.

Kyrgyz Deputy Communication and Transportation Minister Azad Ajikov said that the meeting was held in two sessions on Monday and Tuesday and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the 7th Iran-Kyrgyzstan Joint Economic and Trade Cooperation Commission, to be held in Bishkek Thursday, was finalized and ready to be signed.

An Iranian delegation headed by the Minister of Commerce Mohammad Shariatmadari and the head of joint commission are to arrive in Bishkek Wednesday. The experts have been able to lift main obstacles to mutual economic cooperation and draw up the outlines of the agreement, he added.

He told IRNA that the agreement embraces all the issues related to banking, customs, communication, energy, industry, engineering and technology. The two countries` officials are also keen to expand ties in other areas including scientific, vocational and tourism fields, the Kyrgyz official stated. The two nations private sectors` representatives are also participating in the talks.

Earlier in September, President Mohammad Khatami met with Kyrgyzstan President Asghar Akayev on the sidelines of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) meeting in Dushanbe.

Khatami said that the two nations should use all their political and economic potentials to expand bilateral cooperation in all areas. The two nations will achieve constructive results within the framework of their joint economic commission which is to be held in Bishkek, the Iranian president remarked.

He also said that regional trade blocks have important role in the world, adding "ECO members states have many cultural and historical commonalties, ample natural resources and vast markets and the strengthening of the organization will ensure the interests of the countries."

Akayev also said that holding of the joint economic commission in the next few month will lead to closer ties in all areas. He lauded Iran`s active presence in the reconstruction drive of Afghanistan. "Bishkek is activity pursuing practical ways for implementation of the proposal of the dialogue among civilizations."

He further welcomed the participation of the two nations` private sector in projects as being instrumental in boosting the level of bilateral trade to "twice its present level." The Kyrgyz president further underscored the two nations common views on the role of ECO saying "Iran pays an important role in preserving security in the region.""