Mikheil Janelidze and Mohammad Javad Zarif have highly appraised the possibilities of further developing the southern transit corridor

18.04.2017, Tbilisi – “Today Georgia as a European country represents a gateway for Asian countries to Europe and vice versa. The Geortgian governmet is committed to further develop this function of the country” – Mikheil Janelidze said during the joint press conference held following his meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister. According to Mikheil Janelidze, special attention during the meeting was devoted to Georgia-Iran co-operation towards the development of transport corridor in terms of carrieages by sea and railway.  The Georgian Government has already taken concrete steps in this direction, including by introducing a common tariff system for railway carriages – the Georgian Foreign Minister said. He also welcomed the completion of the railway section connecting Azerbaijan with Iran that will contribute to growth of shipments from Asia through Georgia.
 
The Ministers referred to trade-economic relations and business co-operation as priority issues on the agenda of co-operation between the two countries. Bilateral trade increased by 50% over the past two months and Iranian investments – by 90%.

In this context, the sides focused on the importance of holding a Georgia-Iran Busines forum within the framework of the Iranian Foreign Minister’s visit to Georgia. “This visit is yet another effective way to bring to the attention of Iranian businessmen Georgia’s opportunities and to allow Georgian businessmen to establish and develop direct contacts with their Iranian partners” – Mikheil Janelidze said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif paid an official visit to Georgia on 17 and 18 April. Within the framework of the visit, the Iranian Foreign Minister held meetings with the President of Georgia, Prime Minister, and the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development.