The Islamic Republic of Iran and Qatar stressed expansion of industrial and economic ties.

The issues was raised during a meeting between Iran’s Minister of Industry and Mines Ali Akbar Mehrabian and Qatar’s Commerce Minister Fahd bin Jasim al-Thani in Doha on Monday.

At the meeting, Mehrabian noted the Iranian and Qatari leaders’ intention for expansion of all-out cooperation, and announced preparedness of Iran’s public and private industrial and mines units to cooperate with Qatari sides.

The Iranian minister also said that Iran is ready to cooperate with Qatar in exploration, excavation and processing mines materials and provide Qatar with steel, cement, car, industrial equipment, construction materials and to implement joint projects with Qatar in these fields.

Regarding Iran’s great progress in industries and mining, the Iranian minister said that the country currently produces 10 million tons of steel, 56 million tons of cement, 180,000 tons of copper, 217,000 tons of aluminum, more than one million units of automobile and road construction machinery and 100,000 units of industrial and home appliances, the Islamic republic news agency reported.

Mehrabian also noted that Iran had desirable progress in pharmaceutics industry and medical equipment.

Qatari Minister Fahd bin Jasim al-Thani, for his part, welcomed expansion of economic and industrial cooperation with Iran and described Qatar’s cooperation with Iran “very important“.

He also lauded Iran’s progress in industries and mining and reiterated that his country welcomes cooperation with Iranian public or private sectors.

During the rather long meeting, the two ministers considered ways to expand cooperation between the two countries.

Iran’s minister of industries and mines, heading a delegation, arrived in Doha on Monday morning upon an invitation by Qatar’s commerce minister to discuss ways of expanding mutual cooperation.

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