TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, said development of relations with Bulgaria, as a friend country in the Black Sea region, was very important for Iran.
At a meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev on the sidelines of UNGA in New York, Iran’s President Rouhani businesspeople and the private sectors of the two countries should be supported and encouraged towards strengthening and consolidating mutual relations and cooperation.
Dr. Rouhani referred to the strategic position of Iran and Bulgaria and the railway connection between Azerbaijan and Georgia to the East of the Black Sea and Europe, adding “Iran and Bulgaria can tap this potential to develop their relationships in various transport and trade sectors.”
The president added “As the largest source of energy and oil and gas, Iran can meet the needs of Europe in this sector, and we are also ready to develop cooperation with Bulgaria in this field.”
Dr. Rouhani referred to the development of bilateral, regional and international relations between Tehran and Sofia and said “today, after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran and Bulgaria are determined to deepen inclusive political, economic, scientific and cultural relations.”
Referring to Iran’s advancements and significant steps in various fields of science and technology, the president stated “we must work together to develop scientific and technological cooperation and academic relations and science and technology parks of the two countries.”
Dr. Rouhani also mentioned that currently, about $200bn worth of projects in the energy sector are ready to be invested on in Iran and that the demand for investment in these projects is also high by foreign companies, saying “engineering-technical companies and private sectors of Bulgaria can also take advantage of this opportunity to invest in these projects.”
The president also described direct the Tehran-Sofia flight as effective for interaction and relationship between the two nations and the development of tourism and said “the two nations of Iran and Bulgaria have a close culture and have had a long history of relations, therefore, the two governments must create favorable conditions for further deepening of these relationships.”
During the meeting, the President of Bulgaria also expressed his satisfaction over meeting with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and described the diplomatic relations between the two countries as being 120 years old, saying “during these years, Iran and Bulgaria have had very good political, economic and cultural relations and there has been a great deal of trust between the two countries.”
Referring to the necessity of developing and strengthening relations and cooperation between Iran and Bulgaria, he said “Iran’s stable and successful policies in the region have made it possible today to deepen and expand our relations in different sectors.”
The Bulgarian president said that the Bulgarian private sector was interested in joint ventures in various projects, including transport and energy, and said “efforts should be made to further increase the level of trade and economic relations between the two countries.”
He emphasized the cultural interactions of the two nations and stressed the need to support the development of cultural and scientific relations between the two countries, adding “establishing direct flights between Tehran and Sofia will encourage people to expand cultural and scientific relations.”
Referring to the abundant potentials and capabilities of Iran and Bulgaria in various sectors, the President of Bulgaria emphasized the necessity of using these potentials in order to develop inclusive relations.