Spain: Geneva N. deal promising step towards expansion of ties with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior official of the Spanish foreign ministry voiced Madrid’s pleasure in the positive outcomes of the recently inked nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers in Geneva, and hoped for the rapid return of the Spanish companies to the lucrative market of Iran.

“This agreement prepares the grounds for establishing good ties between Iran and Spain as well as utilizing capacities (of both countries) to (expand) bilateral relations,” Spanish Foreign Ministry Director-General for Africa and Mediterranean Affairs Manuel Gomez said in a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe and America Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi on Tuesday.

In relevant remarks, Former Italian Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema lamented that the western countries’ sanctions against Tehran have deprived Italian companies of Iran’s great and fruitful market.

Speaking at a meeting with Iran’s Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Tehran on Tuesday, D’Alema said that Italy has suffered great losses due to the international sanctions imposed on Iran.

On Monday, Member of the German Association of the Middle and Near East in Tehran Werner Shultzke said German industrialists and businessmen have missed Iran’s lucrative market in recent years as a result of imposing unilateral sanctions on Tehran by the western states.

Shultzke said that the West’s sanctions on Iran have put German companies in harsh conditions as well.

On November 24, Iran and the six world powers sealed an interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the dispute between the West and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the six countries undertook to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran.

The United States also agreed to refrain from slapping new sanctions on Iran, but senior administration officials argued that Thursday’s measures were taken as part of the existing sanctions regime against Tehran.

Iranian negotiators in Vienna halted nuclear talks with major world powers to return to Tehran for consultations after Washington blacklisted a dozen companies and individuals for evading US sanctions.

By Fars News Agency 


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