Speaking to the Vice President for Economic Affairs of I.R. Iran, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan discussed issues of mutual cooperation to mitigate the consequences of corona virus pandemic on the economies of the two countries which was widely reflected in Uzbekistan's media.
According to ECO Cultural Institute quoting IRNA, during the videoconference held on Saturday July 25, 2020 between Umurzakov Sardor Uktamovich, Uzbekistan's Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade, and Mohammad Nahavandian significant emphasis was placed on expanding investment cooperation. An agreement was reached on the active involvement of potential Uzbekistan and Iranian partners in industrial cooperation in such areas as agriculture, power generation, chemical and petrochemical industries.
While pointing to the Iranian experts' capabilities and experiences in the technical and engineering fields, Mohammad Nahavandian said that Tehran is ready to share its experiences with Uzbekistan in all fields.
Tashkent Times newspaper of Uzbekistan also covered the videoconference wrote: Nahavandian also pointed to the historical, cultural, and religious commonalities between Iran and Uzbekistan and said: "With the firm resolution of the two governments, Tehran-Tashkent ties are rapidly expanding which has materialized in the 40% growth of trade exchange volume between the two countries during 2019 and such development is to the benefit of both the nations and the region".
Pointing to the fact that after the meeting of the two presidents, positive and constructive developments have taken place in bilateral relations, Nahavandian added that in addition to being neighbors, Tehran and Tashkent have a rich historical, cultural and religious commonalities, and the use of such capacities will greatly contribute to the strengthening of bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries in various fields, particularly the economic areas, to the interest of the two nations.
Moreover, Uzbekistan Daily newspaper also covered the news of such negotiation particularly during the time of COVID-19 pandemic and wrote: "Iran's Vice-President in Economic Affairs also pointed to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on reducing the volume of economic exchanges between the two countries in recent months and stated that there are various ways to overcome the existing obstacles and compensate the shortcomings.
According to this newspaper, Nahavandian has also underscored the expertise and experiences of Iranian professionals in different technical and engineering fields saying that Tehran is ready to share its experiences with Tashkent in all fields and in this regard, supporting the close cooperation between the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the two countries and their private sector, Tehran-Tashkent relations will be developed faster.
The report also highlighted that at this videoconference, Uzbekistan's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade underscored that Iran is a major trade partner of his country and added: "We are determined to promote cooperation between the two countries in various fields, particularly in the field of economy and trade and devise a bright future for the development of transport sector between the two countries."
"We believe that geographical proximity and spiritual commonalities are a good opportunity that can be used to increase the level of economic relations between the two countries," he underlined.
Expressing pleasure over Iranian companies' activities in Uzbekistan, Umurzakov said that Tashkent welcomes the presence of Iranian investors and technical engineering companies in the economic and development projects and is interested in the expansion of scientific and technical cooperation between the two countries.
During the meeting, the two sides agreed to start expert negotiations on renewing the preferential trade agreement in this week, and also on holding the meeting of Iran-Uzbekistan Joint Economic Committee in the second half of 2020.
The meeting has been widely covered both in the news media of Uzbekistan and the region.