Iran, Qatar stress further expansion of ties

First Vice President Parviz Davoodi and Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim al-Thani here Wednesday stressed the need for further expanding ties between the two countries at all levels. In the first round of the talks, the two sides agreed to set up a joint committee with the task of preparing executive grounds in 60 days for expanding cooperation.

At the meeting, Davoodi said that relations between the two countries have always been at the highest level, particularly in the political domain, and the two sides are serious about bolstering close relations in other sectors as well on the basis of mutual interest.

He noted that Iran has a long-term outlook for its ties with Qatar and tries to follow up and implement its policies based on the same approach.

Pointing to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s proposals to the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council summit, Davoodi said Qatar can have a decisive role in materializing the proposals.

He said that energy has the most important and best potential for bolstering mutual ties as the two countries have abundant gas reserves, which can be used to upgrade their status internationally both in political and economic terms given the world’s pressing need for energy.

He also called for mutual cooperation in financial and banking sectors as well as in the investment, air transportation and housing fields.

Al-Thani, for his part, said Qatar considers it a duty to raise and follow up the proposals of Iran’s president to the PGCC summit for implementation.

He said his country wants all-out ties with Iran, in energy sector in particular.

He also stressed the need for Iran-Qatar-Russia trilateral energy cooperation, particularly in the gas sector.

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