Iran, Georgia must boost all-out ties, Rouhani says
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran and Tbilisi should improve relations in all fields to serve the two nations' interests, Press TV reported.
"Economic and cultural cooperation between Iran and Georgia should be further strengthened in line with the two nations' interests," Rouhani said in a telephone conversation with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili on Monday.
He added that Tehran and Tbilisi enjoy great potential to enhance economic cooperation and noted that the cancellation of visa requirements between the two sides can help improve ties.
Rouhani said Georgia can be the corridor for trade exchanges between Iran and the Black Sea countries, adding geographical position and great common facilities have prepared the appropriate ground for multilateral cooperation.
The Iranian president further added that the nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries last July constituted an "international victory for diplomacy."
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia - plus Germany started to implement the JCPOA on January 16.
After the JCPOA went into effect, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the UN Security Council and the US were lifted. Iran has, in return, put some limitations on its nuclear activities.
The nuclear agreement was signed on July 14, 2015, following two and a half years of intensive talks.
The Georgian premier said the JCPOA implementation would serve the interests of Iran and benefit the entire region, including Georgia, and the world.
Kvirikashvili expressed Georgia's readiness to bolster economic cooperation and open a new chapter in bilateral relations.
The Georgian premier said he would pay a visit to Tehran in the near future and also invited the Iranian president to travel to Tbilisi.