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Iran, Georgia to Strengthen Economic and Cultural Ties

“Economic and cultural cooperation between Iran and Georgia should be further strengthened in line with the two nations’ interests,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a telephone conversation with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili on February 8, Press TV reported.

Georgia, with a favorable geographical position and great common facilities, is considered as a corridor for trade exchanges between Iran and the Black Sea countries.

He further pointed to the activities of the two countries’ joint economic commission and said there are numerous capacities to boost cooperation and implement agreements of the joint commission.
Rouhani added that lifting  of visa requirements for the two sides can promote the level of cooperation between Iran and Georgia.

The Georgian prime ministerf, for his part, offered his congratulations over the recent implementation of a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and the removal of anti-Tehran sanctions, saying that the agreement is not only in the interest of Iran but also the entire region and the world.
The remarks come against the backdrop of a new wave of interest in ties with Iran after Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14, 2015 reached a conclusion over the text of a comprehensive 159-page deal on Tehran’s nuclear program and implemented it on January 16.
The comprehensive nuclear deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) terminated all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran.
Experts believe that Iran’s economic growth would rise remarkably after the final nuclear deal takes effect.

Mehr news agency reported that Iran is expected to deliver its natural gas in the amount of 8.5-14 million cubic meters per day to Georgia through Armenia. However, according to Kameli, a contract will not be signed unless the project becomes economically justified.

Experts believe that for Tehran, possible gas supplies from Iran to Georgia will have a political context, not an economic one.

Vagif Aliyev, the Head of the Investment Department of Azerbaijan’s energy giant SOCAR said in an interview with local TV channel that possible gas supplies to Georgia from Iran could happen, most likely, on the small scale.

“It is important to think how important the Georgian market is for Iran,” he noted.

Iranian and Georgian officials also believe that linking the Caucasus to the Middle East by facilitating rail and road transport between the two countries is of significant importance for Tbilisi and Tehran.

They say Iran and Georgia can link the Persian Gulf to the Black Sea by promoting rail and road transport, and transportation of trade goods from the Caucasus region to the Middle East and vice versa will contribute to peace and stability in the region azernews stated.

By Shiva Parizad
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