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EAEU-Iran trade deal to take effect on October 27: Sources

This photo by the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) and released in the Russian media shows Iran’s ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanaei (L) posing for a picture with EEC chief Tigran Sarkisyan after signing final documents on Iran’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in Moscow on August 28, 2019.

A long-anticipated trade deal between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will officially take effect on October 27, according to reports and remarks by a senior Iranian minister of government.

Russian media reports on Wednesday said that Iran’s ambassador to the country Mehdi Sanaei had attended a meeting with a senior EAEU official to finalize an interim agreement that would lead to the formation of a free trade zone between Iran and the regional union.

A press release from the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) showed that Sanaei and EEC chief Tigran Sarkisyan had exchanged the documents needed to complete formalities for the deal to come into force in late October.

“The negotiations were challenging, but they are over. The agreement has been signed and ratified. The progress is evident,” said Sanaei.

Iran’s Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian also appeared in a late-night TV interview on Wednesday saying that Iran' official accession to the EAEU will begin some 60 days after the exchange of documents in Moscow.

 Ardakanian said the accession would be a major breakthrough for Iran’s trade as it would allow exports on zero tariffs for 70 products while 503 other items would enjoy lowered duties.

“We can supply our goods and products to their markets through the land borders of the Republic of Armenia as well as sea borders of the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan,” said Ardakanian, making a reference to the countries members to the EAEU which also includes Belarus and Kyrgyzstan.

He said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would attend an EAEU summit in Yerevan in late September before his country officially joins the economic bloc.

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