Iran Seeks Regional Cooperation to End Caucasus Crisis

A0462896.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s initiative for settlement of the Caucasus dispute is centered on regional cooperation in energy, transportation, and security, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Monday.

He made the remarks in a meeting with his Portuguese counterpart, Luis Amado, which was held on the sidelines of the 63rd meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Mottaki added that due to importance of the recent developments, exchange of views between Tehran and Lisbon would play key role in the decision making process.

He further briefed his counterpart on Iran’s shuttle diplomacy initiative regarding the Caucasus dispute and his visits to several regional countries including Russia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, saying that the Iranian move was welcomed by the respective parties.

Mottaki said, Iran, as a major oil producing country, is ready to boost oil cooperation with Portugal.

Welcoming bilateral cooperation with Iran in the oil industry, Amado expressed hope that Iran’s shuttle diplomacy initiative would help restore stability and tranquility to the Caucasus region.

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