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Iran ready to facilitate trade ties with Germans: Official
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi
Wed Oct 9, 2013 2:9PM
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Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi says Tehran is ready to facilitate trade and industrial exchanges with German companies interested in creating jobs in the country.


In a meeting with Head of Africa, Asia/Pacific and Latin America and the Middle East Division in the German Foreign Ministry Clemens von Goetze in Tehran on Wednesday, the senior Iranian official stressed the need for closer interaction between Iranian and German economic sectors as well as chambers of commerce.

Takht Ravanchi also asked for the exploitation of industrial and economic potential present in both countries.

Goetze, for his part, described the Iranian market as important for German companies and a valuable asset for both Tehran and Berlin.

Germany is reportedly the European Union's biggest exporter of goods to Iran, well ahead of Italy and France.

Despite US-led sanctions, business ties between Germany and Iran remain strong. German firms continue to engage in brisk trade with Iran and are finding ways of exporting goods to the country.

Goetze also held a separate meeting with the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s West Europe Department Abulqasem Delfi on Wednesday.

The German official described the meeting between German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the 68th annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York as positive and effective, expressing hope that Tehran-Berlin relations will further expand during the tenure of the new Iranian administration.

He also touched upon the various aspects of the bilateral ties between Germany and Iran, voicing Berlin’s readiness to further boost interaction with Tehran and utilize Iran’s experiences concerning regional issues.

Delfi, for his part, pointed to the historical Iran-Germany relations, and called for broader political, parliamentary, economic and cultural ties between the two countries.

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