Kharrazi: Iran Prioritizes Cooperation with Regional States

Published June 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iran attaches priority to expansion of cooperation with regional states, reported Iran News Agency (IRNA), quoting foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi as saying during a meeting with his Thai counterpart Surin Pitsuwan in Bangkok on Wednesday.  

Kharrazi, who is in Bangkok to attend the 56th annual session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), termed the routes linking Iran with regional states as short, safe and economical access to Central Asia countries, said IRNA.  

On relations between Iran and Thailand, Kharrazi described cooperation between the two countries in the fields of agriculture, fisheries and tourism as highly significant, the agency added.  

He expressed hope that the next meeting of Iran-Thailand Joint Economic Commission would guarantee further expansion of bilateral relations.  

Pitsuwan said that Iran as a country assuming pivotal role within ESCAP and the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) can serve as an effective factor in cooperation between the two bodies, IRNA added.  

On the other hand, he said, cooperation between ECO and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) would be of utmost significance given the linking routes crossing Iran.  

He was quoted as saying that Thailand favors banking and financial cooperation and relations with Iran, believing that they would raise the two countries' expertise. 

He added that his country is willing to promote cooperation with Iran in the fields of oil and oil-related industries, IRNA said - 


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