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President in a meeting with Romanian FM:

Tehran, Bucharest should open a new chapter in bolstering mutual ties/Need to activate both countries’ private sectors to deepen economic cooperation

Romania is one of Iran’s old and close friends in Europe, said President Rouhani in a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Romania Lazar Comanescu.

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In this meeting which was held on Tuesday in Tehran, Dr Rouhani said: “Tehran and Bucharest should open a new and accelerated chapter in strengthening mutual ties and cooperation in politics, economy, culture, and regional matters”.

Dr Rouhani added: “The existing levels of cooperation and the volume of economic transactions between the two countries should improve considering ample facilities and capabilities in major economic sections, including energy ad industries”.

On the need to activate both countries’ private sectors to develop and deepen Tehran-Bucharest economic cooperation President Rouhani said: “There are good opportunities to foster mutual cooperation between public, as well as private sectors of both countries and these opportunities should be used”.

He also referred to Iran’s unique geographical location and connecting Iran’s railways to the Republic of Azerbaijan and added: “The Islamic Republic of Iran pays a lot of attention to development of rail corridors. Romania can play an important role in economic ties between the two sides of the corridor”.

“Universities and research centres of the two countries can develop their level of cooperation by starting joint projects” continued president.

On the scourge of terrorism in the region and the likelihood of spreading to other parts of the world Dr Rouhani continued: “Terrorism is a global issue and confronting it needs cooperation in the whole world in cultural and political fields, as well as intelligence and security”.

In this meeting, Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu said: “Bucharest is determined to develop ties with Tehran in all fields regarding political, economic, cultural, and scientific areas”.

“A big Romanian economic delegation traveling to Iran indicates the importance we attach to developing and fostering bilateral relations with Iran,” said Comanescu as the head of a high-ranking economic delegation of Romania.

Describing Bucharest as an ally of Iran in the EU, he added: “Iranian public and private sectors can consider Romania as a gate for exporting their products to Europe”.

He also expressed his country’s willingness to develop ties with Iran in cultural fields, especially universities and research centres.

On the terrorism issue, Romanian FM said: “Romanian and EU view Iran’s role in the region as a very important and effective one and are willing to discuss regional issues with Tehran, especially in the Middle East and this mutual cooperation can positively affect stability in the region”.

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