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Iran to increase industrial activities in Lebanon

Beirut, Feb 26, IRNA - Based on contents of a letter of agreement signed between IRI Mines and Industries Minister and the Republic of Lebanon here Wednesday, the two countries' industrial and economic relations will be increased drastically.

According to IRNA correspondent in Beirut, Ali-Akbar Mehrabian said here Wednesday at a ceremony in which the agreement was signed that following the fruitful talks that were held between the private and state sectors of the two countries during a Lebanese economic delegation's visit of Tehran, this comprehensive agreement was signed in Beirut today.

Mehrabian added, "In this letter of agreement emphasis is made over the need for greater cooperation in cement and steel industries, mineral fertilizers, intermediate industries, production of agricultural, kettle and fisheries products, and construction of power plants."

Pointing out that Iran has announced readiness for exporting various types of passenger cars, trucks, road construction machinery and other industrial products to Lebanon, he said, "The two sides have meanwhile expressed enthusiasm in holding expert exhibitions annually in the other country routinely."

According to Mehrabian, in accordance with another article of the letter of agreement for cooperation, Iran has announced readiness for cooperation in construction of dams, jetties, houses, and pipelines for transfer of water, gas and oil in Lebanon.

The Two sides have meanwhile supported the ongoing close cooperation between the two countries' chambers of commerce and industries.

Mehrabian referring to the strong will of the two countries' leaders for expansion of comprehensive bilateral ties, said that the roots for such excellent relations are the shared ideological, cultural, and religious interests of the two nations as well as our shared enemies and the joint hearts of the two nations.

He further reiterated, "The real value of our two nations' close relations is beyond the sphere of such ties and as the presidents of the two countries have emphasized the two countries' relations need to further expand comprehensively."

The Iranian industries minister reiterated, "The Islamic Republic of Iran's goal in is relations with the Islamic, revolutionary Lebanon is the establishment of a strategic, goal-oriented and tactical relation, based on preservation, and boosting of the independence of both countries and securing the interests of the two nations that are situated in two major strategic regions of the world."

He added, "It is necessary for the joint industrial committee of the two countries to be convened at different levels regularly and to evaluate the level of progress in reached agreements, trying to eliminate the obstacles for further expansion of ties and cooperation."

The Lebanese Industries Minister, Ghazi Zoaitar, too, said, "The current level of the two countries' relations takes roots in Iran's noble stand takings and unlimited support for Lebanon, particularly Tehran's strong support for the resistance force in its campaign to defeat the invading Zionist forces, and the selfless cooperation between the two countries."

He said that the Iranian industrial products match the latest international standards, adding, "The Iranian technology today has placed Iran among the advanced industrial countries of the world, and in some cases ahead of some industrial countries, with more advanced, stronger and better facilities, that keep improving with the passage of each new day."

He emphasized at the end, "In line with the interests of the two countries and the strategic bilateral ties, we have prepared and signed a letter of understanding for broad level bilateral cooperation, and we are ready for taking any necessary step to implement it entirely."

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