Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Iran An Important, Influential Country In World: Georgian President

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Iran An Important, Influential Country In World: Georgian President

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- President Mohammad Khatami and his Georgian counterpart Mikhail Saakashvili here Wednesday stressed the importance of furthering mutual ties, particularly in the areas of trade and economy.

Regarding Iran's detente policy, President Khatami emphasized that the Islamic Republic is moving in line with the promotion of global peace and stability.

There is great economic potential for expanding economic relations between the two countries, he added.

Khatami said Iran attaches great importance to its cultural ties with Georgia.

On great efforts made by the new Georgian government to establish democracy in that country, he said independence, stability and security of the Caucasus region is very important to Tehran.

Tehran-Tbilisi relations are based on mutual respect and are in line with establishing stability and security in the region, Khatami noted.

For his part, the Georgian president described Iran as an important and influential country in the world, particularly in the region, and said Tehran is one of Tbilisi's major economic partners.

He expressed hope that Iran-Georgia relations will be promoted in different areas of economy, trade, energy, and transport.

He also extolled the idea of Dialogue among Civilizations initiated by President Khatami and called for promotion of the idea in all aspects.

The Georgian president further expressed hope that the current visit will open a new chapter in the relations of the two countries.

Saakashvili, heading a top delegation, arrived here Tuesday evening on a two-day official visit at the invitation of President Khatami. He was officially welcomed by the Iranian President this morning.

Saakashvili is accompanied in this visit by the Georgian ministers of energy, foreign affairs and education and science."

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