0259 GMT January 27, 2020
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi described Georgia’s advantages in transit of energy and goods as a good potential for expansion of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Araqchi made the remarks in a meeting with his Georgian counterpart Alexander Khvtisiashvili, who has travelled to Tehran to attend the third round of political consultations between Tehran and Tbilisi, according to IRNA.
Noting that Iran’s relations with its neighbors in the region and Georgia are not affected by external factors, the Iranian official emphasized the need for independent development of bilateral relations.
He also referred to the problems caused by the United States illegal sanctions against Iran, saying that the restrictions could open up new opportunities for bilateral cooperation.
Pointing to the presence of a large number of Iranians in Georgia, the Iranian official emphasized the need for resolving consular problems as well as faster signing of judicial documents between the two countries.
At the meeting, Khvtisiashvili emphasized Tbilisi’s readiness and interest in the comprehensive development of bilateral relations.
The two sides also discussed regional issues, including developments in the Persian Gulf and Abkhazia as well as the Iran nuclear agreement.