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Iranian, South Korean Speakers Discuss Consolidation of Ties

TEHRAN, Jan. 28, 2014 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and his South Korean counterpart Kang Chang-hee, in a meeting in Tehran on Sunday, voiced their capitals willingness to open new avenues for expansion of their bilateral relations in all spheres.


In the meeting, the two speakers discussed expansion of parliamentary cooperation, economic cooperation, easing red tapes as well as cultural and academic cooperation between the two countries.

After the meeting, Larijani told reporters that the current level of economic cooperation between Iran and South Korean fall short of the excellent diplomatic relations.

Expressing pleasure with visit of his South Korean counterpart, Larijani said that trade ties between the two countries were good in the past, but in the last one or two years the ties had fluctuations.

He added that now South Korean parliament has taken the lead to develop economic ties and cooperation with Iran, so we discussed trade ties today, too.

Larijani expressed hope that the visit of South Korean parliamentary delegation to Iran to be a turning point in the bilateral relations.

South Korea parliament speaker, heading a 21-man parliamentary delegation, arrived in Tehran on Sunday noon.

The visiting delegation, during its 3-day stay in Iran, will travel to Fars and Isfahan provinces, too.

Last month, South Korean and Iranian officials voiced their countries enthusiasm for using the abundant potentials existing in the two countries in order to expand their economic relations.

In a meeting between the director of the Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) Middle-East and Director-General of the Foreign Economic Relations Office Sadegh Akbari, the pair expressed hope that their countries bilateral relations would witness further expansion in economic domains.

KOTRAs director said that his company is willing to expand economic cooperation with Iran and invest in the country.

He pointed out that historical and friendly relations between Iran and South Korea should expand.

Akbari said his office is ready for cooperation with KOTRA in order to give an impetus to trade, economic and investment ties between Iran and South Korea.

In mid-November, in a meeting between Iranian Parliament First Vice-Speaker Seyed Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi Fard and Head of Assembly of Representatives from Asian Parliaments for environment and development Liju Yang in Tehran, the pair expressed hope the mutual cooperation between Tehran and Seoul would widen in all sector.

"Iranians have had a positive attitude towards friendly ties with South Korea, which help promote bilateral ties in different political, parliamentary, economic, cultural and industrial fields," the Iranian parliamentarian said.

"Iran and South Korea are the two top powers in Asia," he said, underlining their numerous capacities for developing ties in different arenas.

Liju, for his part, referred to Iran as a country with rich culture and civilization and said that promoting bilateral ties with Iran is of high importance to South Korea.

"South Korea can use all its capacities for enhancing economic and commercial ties with Iran," he pointed out.

The volume of non-oil trade transactions between Iran and South Korea stood at $6.2bln in 2012.

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