Historical Bonds Underpin Tbilisi Ties

Historical Bonds Underpin Tbilisi TiesHistorical Bonds Underpin Tbilisi Ties

A deputy foreign minister said in view of their “historical” and “cultural” bonds, Iran and Georgia are able to enhance collaboration in mutual fields of interests.

Morteza Sarmadi made the remark in a Saturday meeting with visiting Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia Gubaz Sanikidze, IRNA reported.  

The senior diplomat pointed to the role of parliamentary cooperation in developing relations between the two nations.  

The Georgian official appreciated Iran’s support for the independence of his country and said, “During its history, Georgia has been closely tied to the rich Iranian culture, and I assure that the Georgian government and people approve increased collaboration and maintenance of friendly relations with Iran.”

Sanikidze said although his country has mutual relations with most of the countries around the world, its relations with the Islamic Republic goes back to 3,000 years ago.

Expressing Tbilisi’s readiness to improve wide-ranging ties with Iran, he welcomed the recent agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) in Vienna on Tehran’s nuclear program, noting that his country fully backs the accord.

Highlighting Iran’s “significant role” in regional developments, he called for exchange of high-level delegations between the two sides.  

In a separate meeting with the head of the Iran-Georgia Parliamentary Friendship Group on the same day, the Georgian parliamentarian said his government is keen to develop political, economic and cultural relations with Tehran. “Expansion of parliamentary relations provides an opportunity to give a boost to bilateral relations.”     

Seyyed Moayed Hosseini said establishing a joint economic commission would be a good step toward greater mutual interaction.

He also called for making use of abundant capacities of both sides in such fields as energy, industry, agriculture, academy and tourism through joint collaboration and accurate planning.