1125 GMT December 17, 2017
In a meeting in Minsk, Iran's Ambassador to Belarus Mostafa Oveisi told the Speaker of the Belarus Council Mikhail Myasnikovich that the parliaments of the two countries play a crucial role in broadening bilateral ties in a balanced way, Fars News Agency reported.
Myasnikovich said that grounds have been prepared for expanding all-out ties between Tehran and Minsk.
The Belarusian speaker underlined the need for broadening parliamentary cooperation and extended an invitation to his Iranian counterpart to visit Belarus.
In relevant remarks in early February, Head of Belarus Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Sergey Rakhmanov underlined that his country and Iran can further expand relations, particularly in trade and economic sectors.
"There are plenty of grounds for expanding cooperation between Belarus and Iran," Rakhmanov said in a meeting with Deputy Governor of East Azarbaijan Province for Economic Affairs Ali Navadad in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz.
Rakhmanov hoped that by developing ties between Iran and Belarus, East Azarbaijan Province could take a noticeable share of the cooperation.
He reiterated that Belarus is among the advanced countries in the fields of industry and agriculture, and said, "In manufacturing trucks, tractors and dairy products as well as in the field of information technology, Belarus is among the most advanced countries in the world and even more progressive than a number of European countries."
Navadad pointed to province's capacities in the fields of manufacturing automobile, parts, pharmaceutics and food products, and said, "The province, which has around 4,000 industrial units, is one of country's industrial hubs."