0147 GMT December 12, 2019
Speaking at a meeting with Gholamhossein Shafe’i, the head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture in Tehran, Shalva Kiknavelidze said the ground is paved for promotion of ties for the private sectors of both countries.
Shafe’i for his part described the rate of economic collaboration as favorable in recent years.
Boosting cooperation with Georgia on small- and medium enterprises (SMEs) is on the agenda, he said.
On economic and political relations between Iran and Georgia, Shafe’i noted that economic development in Georgia has been pursued at an accelerated pace in recent years and the nation is among successful countries in business reform.
According to the Iranian official, economic development and foreign investment in Georgia are the two components together with the cultural proximity of Iran and Georgia, which provide a special opportunity for economic actors of the two countries.
Shafe’i also emphasized the importance of transit cooperation between the two countries, and said Iran could access the Black Sea through Armenia and Georgia. In addition, with the launch of the Iranian Railway to Astara and the Republic of Azerbaijan, the opportunities for further cooperation will increase.
The Iran-Georgia parliamentary friendship group at the Iranian Parliament chaired by Ahmad Ali-Reza Beigi reviewed bilateral and regional issues with Georgian senior officials.
Back in March, an Iranian parliamentary delegation held meetings with Georgian Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze, Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani and Minister of Finance Ivane Matchavariani.
During the meetings, both sides discussed developing parliamentary cooperation, promoting Iran-Georgia ties in political, economic, trade, scientific, cultural, consular and regional issues.
The Iranian side underlined the importance of preserving relations, urging the Georgian officials to solve Iranian nationals' problems in Georgia.
Meanwhile, the Georgian side stressed the role of parliamentary friendship group in developing bilateral relations, holding talks and removing some obstacles.
The Georgian officials also called for reinforcing of parliamentary ties between the two nations.