President: This Trip Is a Transformative Step in Iran-PG States Ties

TEHRAN (SHANA) –President of the Islamic Republic of Iran said on Tuesday that Tehran is looking for a change in regional relations, adding the trip to Doha will create a new chapter in Iran-Qatar relations and considered a transformative step in the relations with neighboring countries, especially those in Persian Gulf.

The president made the remark at a joint press conference in Doha with Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, stating, “I have travelled to Doha with two goals of developing relations between Iran and Qatar and attending the Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).”

Referring to his meeting with the Emir of Qatar, the President said, “at this meeting, we agreed that the two countries will benefit from the existing capacities and opportunities to expand cooperation and deepen relations in various fields and areas.”

President Raisi added, “The two sides decided to take serious and new steps to strengthen relations and diversify fields of cooperation, considering the territorial proximity and neighborhood and common economic interests and advantages.”

“We agreed to seriously increase our cooperation in the fields of economy, energy, infrastructure, trade, investment, food security, health and culture,” he said.

On Iran’s cooperation with Qatar to host the FIFA World Cup, President Raisi said, “Iran is sufficiently prepared to contribute to better holding of the World Cup that Qatar hosts.”

Referring to the cooperation between the two countries in various fields, the president said, “Iran’s unique advantages in various fields, including geographical, environmental, transit, economic, scientific, and especially young and educated human resources, guarantees the contribution of any bilateral or multilateral cooperation to regional economic growth and security.”

The President emphasized, “The Islamic Republic of Iran seeks a significant increase in regional relations, and this trip will create a new chapter in the relations between Iran and Qatar.”

“Of course, this trip is considered as one of the transformative steps in relations with neighboring countries, especially the neighbors in Persian Gulf,” he said.

He also pointed out, “The level of cooperation between the countries of the region is not commensurate with the huge capacities available, and the Islamic Republic of Iran seeks to help strengthen and promote regional relations in the framework of neighborhood policy.”

President Raisi stated that we are looking for a change in regional relations in line with interaction, cooperation and convergence, adding, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has proved that it always stands by the interests of independent countries and nations. We have proved our friendship to all regional countries during tough times. Many countries in the region have realized this fact and have similar experiences in this field.”

The President thank the hospitality of the Emir of Qatar and the State of Qatar, saying, “I hope these talks will be fruitful and tomorrow’s meeting, which is the GECF summit, will be a source of blessings for these countries.”

During the press conference, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, also expressed his satisfaction with signing of several agreements and memoranda of understanding between Qatar and Iran, saying, “This is a very important issue and their implementation should be pursued.”

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