Ali Tayebnia, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, as a special representative of President Rouhani met with Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the UAE President, to extend an invitation from the Iranian president to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, President of the UAE, to attend the Third Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Tehran.
During the meeting, Tayebnia expressed his sincerest salutations to President Sheikh Khalifa and announced the further advancement of the two country’s improved relations. He also stressed the vital role of gas in global energy, and the ability of the GECF to solve problems and make fundamental decisions especially on gas energy. He went on to say that the presence of the Heads of the gas exporting countries can [substantially] improve the forum’s position.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister, also emphasized the friendly relationship between the two countries as well as their high level participation at the GECF in Tehran. Sheikh Mansour also described the two countries political, economic, and trade relationship as favorable, and he wished much success in deepening bilateral relations to advance the programs of the President of Iran.
Tayebnia also met with the Armenian Ambassador in Tehran and called for developing relations between the two countries and said there is nothing preventing them from doing so. In this meeting Tayebnia emphasized the promotion of economic ties between Iran and Armenia and said: although there is a political relationship between Tehran and Yerevan, there is no appropriate economic and trade relationship between the two countries.
Iran’s Minister of Economy referred to Armenia’s membership in the Eurasia Economic Union and said that Iran welcomes an improved relationship with Armenia, especially the many opportunities in increasing the volume of economic exchange – we should capitalize on these commercial opportunities.
Tayebnia went on to say that Iranian technical and engineering companies have the capability to contribute in the implementation of various projects in Armenia. After expressing that there is no limit in the potential relationship between Iran and Armenia, Tayebnia said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared to take any action in removing barriers in order to increase [our] dialogue. The Armenian Ambassador commented on the recent nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 and said that if an agreement is reached many opportunities will open up for Armenia.