(AhlulBayt News Agency) - President Rouhani welcomed development of relations between Tehran and Tashkent in all fields of mutual interest, especially trade and economy and stressed that there are no obstacles on the path of deepening Iran-Uzbekistan ties.
In the meeting with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan on the margins of the Summit of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Astana, Kazakhstan, President Rouhani described the meeting of high-ranking officials of the two countries as the indicator of firm will of the two government to establish closer ties".
Referring to good potentials and capacities to develop Iran-Uzbekistan relations, Dr Rouhani said: "We welcome Uzbek investors and entrepreneurs' activities in Iran and also encourage Iranian investors to work in Uzbekistan".
He also went on to refer to transit, road and rail plans in Iran, adding: "The Islamic Republic of Iran can be the nearest path for Uzbek traders to access the Persian Gulf and free waters".
The President also stressed more cooperation between the two countries in the field of energy and scientific and research centres, as well as universities.
Tehran can satisfy the energy needs of Uzbekistan, said Rouhani, adding: "Development of banking cooperation, as the base for economic activities, can further promote cooperation and relations between the two countries".
"Islam is the religion of mercy, brotherhood and forgiveness," continued the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Referring to terrorists' continued losses in the recent months in Syria and Iraq, Dr Rouhani said: "Today, terrorism and extremism is threatening the entire region and we are ready to cooperate with Central Asian countries in combatting terrorism".
President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev described the meeting as historic and a turning point in relations between the two countries, adding: "Tashkent welcomes Iran's membership in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)".
Tashkent is ready to deepen ties with Tehran in all fields of mutual interest, said Mirziyoyev adding: "Tashkent attaches great weight to the quadrilateral corridor that will help it connect to the Persian Gulf and other parts of the world".
He also called for the development of cooperation between the two countries in the fields of academia, energy, and the fight against terrorism and extremism, inviting Dr Rouhani to officially travel to Uzbekistan.