Tokyo, March 29, IRNA-Visiting Iranian Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari conferred here Tuesday with Japan's Minister of Trade and Industry Shoichi Nakagawa on expansion of mutual cooperation.
At the meeting, the Japanese minister called for expansion of all-out relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Iranian minister arrived in Tokyo on Monday to confer with Japanese economic officials on expansion of economic cooperation and attend Japan's Aichi Expo 2005 to mark Iran's National Day.
Referring to the deep-rooted ties between Tehran and Tokyo, the Japanese minister said the two sides have witnessed positive trend in bilateral cooperation despite the ups and downs at the international level.
Highlighting the good cooperation in energy sector, he said such constructive cooperation should be extended to other sectors as well.
He expressed hope that bilateral relations will further bolster and broaden and said his country will support Iran's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Tokyo backs the current talks between Iran and the European Union on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities and hopes a successful and prosperous end to the talks which meets the two sides interests, he said.
He also hoped to visit Iran's pavilions at Aichi Expo-2005.
The Iranian minister, for his part, highlighted economic reforms in Iran and called for expansion of trade exchanges between the two countries.
He also welcomed the active role of Japanese trade and economy ministry in implementing infrastructure projects in Iran.
He hoped that his Japanese counterpart who has already been accorded an official invitation to pay an official visit to Iran will undertake the trip in the near future.
Some 121 countries along with four international organizations have put their latest products and services on display for six months at Aichi Expo 2005.
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