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MAKHACHKALA, April 12 (Itar-Tass) — About 70 companies take part in an exhibition of Iranian products which opened in Makhachkala (Dagestan) on Thursday, sources from the republican agency for investments and foreign economic ties told Tass.
They said the bulk of products come from the Iranian province of Gilan. The exhibits include motor cars, pipes for oil pipelines, rugs, ceramics, tea, hand-made goods, home appliances, car components, meat products, medicines, textiles, varnishes and paints, among other products.
Meeting with a heavyweight Iranian delegation, Dagestan’s leader Magomedsalam Magomedov marked that “the level of trade between our countries is quite good, but potential of our cooperation is bigger”. “The use of the Caspian Sea potential, transport corridors, sea links between our sea ports is a rather promising direction, and we put much emphasis on it,” Magomedov said.
“There are also other interesting projects in the republic, and I would want you to see our potentials in different sectors of the economy while you are staying in Dagestan. That would be useful and mutually advantageous, as we see the province of Gilan the main partner of Dagestan in the Republic of Iran, and we will create all conditions to make the activities of your and our businessmen mutually advantageous,” the leader said.
Gilan’s Governor Mehdi Saadat, for his part, conveyed greetings from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and stressed that “Iran has always had cultural and economic ties with its neighbors, especially with the Russian Federation, and in particular with the Republic of Dagestan”.
“I hope the development of bilateral relations will result in the development of a common system of relations among all countries of the region, which will help to achieve major results in the economic sphere, increase trade between our countries,” the Iranian governor said.
In particular, he believes Iran could help to set up in Dagestan major medical and educational centers that could be used by the whole Caspian region.
It was decided at the meeting to set up working groups that would get together every six months and discuss the way agreements between the regions are implemented.