By Kamila Aliyeva
Iran and Kyrgyzstan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on intensifying political and economic cooperation.
The nine-article document was signed by Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani and his Kyrgyz counterpart Chynybai Tursunbekov in Tehran on April 24, the state-run IRINN television reported.
Under the MoU, the two sides agreed to expand cooperation in various fields including the legislative process, development and research, sharing rules, commission and regulatory activities, administrative infrastructure, electronic Parliament, data exchange technology, and exchanging experiences on green parliament.
The two countries decided to encourage inter-parliamentary relations through creating parliamentary friendship groups and organizing regular exchanges by holding mutual visits.
The MoU also obliges the sides to cooperate on promotion of trade and economic relations and creation of necessary conditions for the adoption of relevant legislation in this area.
The sides also discussed the ways to facilitate trade cooperation and provide the possibility of Tehran-Bishkek direct flight, which will help flourish the commercial and touristic activities between the two countries.
Larijani and Tursunbekov also agreed to give support in fight against extremism and terrorism in the region.
A parliamentary delegation of Kyrgyzstan headed by Chynybai Tursunbekov arrived in Tehran on April 23.
He is scheduled to meet with senior Iranian officials, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi and head of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gholam Hossein Shafei.
The Kyrgyz speaker’s visit follows Zarif’s recent trip to Kyrgyzstan as part of a regional tour that took him earlier to Turkmenistan and Georgia.
Foreign trade turnover between Kyrgyzstan and Iran for the first 9 months of 2016 amounted to $11 million.
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