Tashkent (IP) - The Iranian foreign minister said the Islamic Republic of Iran could ease transit route for Uzbekistan to the global markets and open waters.

Iran PressAsia: Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is visiting Uzbekistan, after meeting with his Uzbek counterpart, thanked the Uzbek government and people for their hospitality and congratulated the people of Uzbekistan on Nowruz.

Referring to his talks with Abdulaziz Kamilov today, Zarif said: "We discussed economic, political, cultural relations and the strengthening of relations between Iran and Uzbekistan, as well as regional cooperation, especially concerning peace in Afghanistan."

Expressing hope for expanding cooperation between the two countries, Zarif noted that Iran could provide a transit route for Uzbekistan to access global markets and also open waters.

"The two countries of Iran and Uzbekistan enjoy high potentials in different areas," he said, adding, "The age-old historical ties between the two countries can further expand the preliminaries for friendship between the two countries of Iran and Uzbekistan."

Today, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to Central Asia to meet with officials from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan.

Developing relations with Central Asia, a region of civilizational, historical and cultural commonalities, has always been one of Iran's top priorities.

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