Iran-France trade must increase: industry minister

Iranian Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh has expressed optimism over the removal of the obstacles in the way of promoting Iran-France industrial and economic ties.

At a Thursday meeting with French Senator Philippe Marini in Tehran, Nematzadeh noted that the USD 600-million trade value for Iran and France in 2013 is not a satisfactory figure, stressing that bilateral trade must increase in the future.
Nematzadeh argued that Iran’s economic and political stability in comparison with its neighboring states makes it a viable alternative for future economic and industrial agreements.
The Iranian minister pointed to Iran’s massive mineral and energy resources as other suitable areas for foreign investment.
Marini, for his part, called for the resumption of the activities of French companies in Iran and interactions between French and Iranian medium and large enterprises.
He also expressed France’s preparedness to start academic cooperation with Iran in the different areas of technology, tourism and environment.
In mid-February, a French delegation of more than 100 businessmen from various sectors of its industry, including its banking, telecommunications and shipping sectors, visited Tehran.
It was the biggest economic delegation that France has sent to Iran since the 1979 victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
(Source: Press TV)

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