TEHRAN (FNA)- The Economy and International Relations Minister of Russia’s Astrakhan region, Denis Aghanasiev, urged expansion of trade relations between Iran’s Northern province of Gilan and Astrakhan.
“Gilan and Astrakhan enjoy abundant capacities for developing economic relations,” Aghanasiev said in a meeting with Mayor of Gilan province’s capital Rasht city on Saturday morning.
He voice displeasure in the low volume of the trade ties between Iran and Russia, and said, “The people of Russia’s Astrakhan are highly interested in various Iranian products.”
Aghanasiev underlined that increasing the volume of trade exchanges between Iran and Russia would lead to the further economic flourishing and advancement of Astrakhan and Gilan.
Astrakhan is a major city in Southwestern Russia and the administrative center of Astrakhan Oblast. The city lies on the left bank of the Volga River, close to where it discharges into the Caspian Sea at an altitude of 23 meters below sea level.
In December 2010, Iran’s Northern province of Mazandaran and Astrakhan signed a protocol to boost mutual cooperation.
The protocol paves the way for bolstering mutual cooperation in the fields of industry, trade, agriculture, health and medicine, education and sciences, and tourism.
As regards trade cooperation, the two sides agreed to carry out joint efforts to establish Iran’s Trade House in Astrakhan.
On educational cooperation, the two sides’ state-run universities are tasked with exchange of experiences in nanotechnology fields.
The protocol came during a trip to Iran’s Northern provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran by a large delegation from Astrakhan. The Russian delegation said it paid the visit to study possible ways for bolstering trade ties and exchanges between the two regions.
In Gilan, Astrakhan’s governor-general described Iran as a strategic partner of Russia, and further stressed that Iran’s Gilan province is a strategic partner for his province.
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