TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Uzbek counterpart, Abdulaziz Kamilov, held talks on a range of issues, incusing ways to promote cooperation between the two countries in the oil and gas industry.

In the meeting held in Tehran on Tuesday, Zarif hailed bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic and Uzbekistan and stressed the need to boost the ties in all spheres.

Kamilov said that Uzbekistan’s top ministers are accompanying him in his visit to Iran due to the importance the Central Asian country attaches to its relations with the Islamic Republic.

The two sides discussed closer cooperation between Tehran and Tashkent in diverse areas, ranging from oil and gas, tourism, consular affairs, engineering, agriculture and automotive to combating terrorism and extremism.

The meeting comes against the backdrop of a new wave of interest in ties with Iran after Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14, 2015 reached a conclusion over the text of a comprehensive 159-page deal on Tehran's nuclear program and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

The comprehensive nuclear deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), terminated all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran.