Iran’s Economy Minister in meeting with Omar Bougara, World Bank Executive Manager from Algeria pointed to the improvement of road safety and reduction in air pollution and said "We expect from cooperation among Iran and the World Bank more that the current level. Due to the fact that Iran is a share holder of the World Bank, it has a right to enjoy its interests and ownership right in the World Bank.”
Ali Tayyebnia expressing pity over the declining cooperation between Iran and the World Bank in recent years said "In a meeting with Mrs. Andersen she also maintained that the limitations created in cooperation with Iran had been nothing more than mere misunderstanding.”
He further pointed to the drying Lake Urmia and said "We understand that a specialist international organization as the World Bank will always be swift in performing its missions. We expect that regarding a human catastrophe and a big social concern which is happening to the Lake Urmia we will be coordinating the things more rapidly.”
"We hope that the cooperation will extend into monetary provision as well,” he maintained.
Omar Bougara in return stated that the World Bank, especially under the new head of Middle East and North Africa Department is willing to improve cooperation with Iran.
Pointing to structural changes in the World Bank he said "The new structure will lead to the improvement of relations between this international organization and the member countries, contributing to technical support and consultation which will also lead to better transfer of knowledge to the bank’s clients which are mainly the member countries.”