Tehran, 13 March 2023 (TDI): The Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and the Foreign Minister of Belarus, Sergei Aleinik met in Iran.

The agenda behind the meeting was making convergent discourse on issues, such as cooperation in political, economic, scientific, cultural, and consular areas.

Both sides also discussed various issues that are of importance concerning the region and international cooperation. They urged to foster regionalism.

Tehran and Minsk also reflected on the agreements that have been made by both countries in fields including economy and trade. The Foreign Minister of Iran called for speeding up the implementation of deals, and mutual agreements.

As these would boost trade transactions, execute joint industrial projects, and engage in transportation and transit cooperation between the two countries.

The Foreign Minister of Belarus appreciated the role of the Islamic Public of Iran in fighting illegal sanctions, and also requested Iran to share experiences with Belarus.

There are a number of sanctions imposed by a number of countries on Iran, especially the United States (US), and international entities. Sergei Aleinik applauded the bilateral trade of the two countries and urged for more drastic engagements.

Minsk officials have also shown interest in utilizing Iran’s railroad infrastructure to transport goods and commodities to another side of the world.

The Khaf-Herat Railway Project is a 225 km-long cross-border railway,  between Iran and Afghanistan, that linked eastern Iran to western Afghanistan.

The mutual discourse between both states aimed for the development of comprehensive cooperation and making negotiations on various economic sectors, such as industrial, agricultural, and transportation projects.

Diplomatic relations between Iran and Belarus were established in 1993, and the Embassy of Belarus was opened in Tehran in 1998. Whereas, the Embassy of Iran has been working in Minsk since 2001.