Following Iran's July 14 nuclear deal with the world powers in Vienna, foreign trade missions are still visiting the country one after another.
This time round, however, it is Iranians’ turn to fly overseas to test the waters.
President Hassan Rouhani, accompanied by Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, Agricultural Jihad Minister Mahmoud Hojjati, Minister of Industries, Mining and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh and the head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Mohsen Jalalpour, are scheduled to visit Italy and France on November 14-17, at the invitations of the two European countries.
IRNA quoted Jalalpour as saying on Sunday that preparations and coordination with the two countries are in the final stages so that the “historic visits” will have the most efficiency, as the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action draws near.
“During the visits, a multitude of economic agreements will be signed,” he said. “New capacities will be generated for joint investments.”
The president will also be accompanied by a number of private sector business players who are planning to find new ways of profitable cooperation with their European counterparts and discuss collaboration fields specified during the recent visits of French and Italian trade missions to Tehran.
> French Restart
French officials were among the first foreign delegations visiting Tehran after the nuclear pact was reached.
“Respect and restart are two key words that describe the current phase of our bilateral relations,” French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Tourism and French Nationals Abroad Matthias Fekl told the Financial Tribune prior to his late-September Tehran visit, in which he was accompanied by French Minister of Agriculture and Agrifood and Government Spokesperson Stéphane Le Foll.
“The lifting of sanctions following the Vienna agreement has created excellent opportunities for both French and Iranian businesses in the interests of both our countries,” he added.