President Rouhani underlines world traders’ enthusiasm for investment in Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed Tehran’s efforts to improve ties and cooperation with different states, and said the world’s major firms and companies are interested in investing in the country.

“Today, all the economic agencies and investors are waiting for the creation of new conditions to start their economic activities in Iran,” Rouhani said, addressing a meeting on development and investment in the Northern province of Golestan on Wednesday.

“Today, all the world’s major economic investors are in consensus that Iran is a pristine region in the world for investment and all of them are keen to run operation in Iran,” he added.

The Iranian president also underlined that his government is after the further expansion of relations and cooperation with the neighboring and world states.

In similar remarks yesterday, Rouhani announced that a large number of foreign companies were waiting for a comprehensive deal between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) to rush for investment in the Iranian market.

“Hundreds of foreign companies have prepared themselves to enter Iran in the coming months,” President Rouhani said, addressing a large crowd of people in Golestan province, Northern Iran, on Tuesday.

The Iranian president reiterated that Iran would reach a final deal with the West over its nuclear program as the country is moving on the path of constructive interaction with the world.

“You should not have any doubt that the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany), the western world, the eastern world and the region all are in need of constructive interaction with Iran,” President Rouhani added.

Iran has, on many occasions, underlined that it has paved the way for attracting more investments in its ports, free trade zones, and development projects.

Meantime, so many foreign countries and international companies have voiced their enthusiasm for investing in the country’s projects.

Last month, a senior energy official announced that the Iranian Oil Ministry was in talks with a sum of 18 European and Asian companies for joint ventures in Iran’s oil industry development projects.

“We are now negotiating with 15 European companies and 3 Asian firms for partnership in exploration operations in 40 Iranian oil blocks,” Hormuz Qalavand, the exploration director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), told reporters.

The 10th and last round of negotiations between Iran and the six world powers was held in Vienna from November 18 to 24.

In July, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 after they failed to reach an agreement on a number of key issues.

After the last round of the Vienna talks, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU coordinator Catherine Ashton announced that the deadline for negotiations had been extended until July 10, and the world powers had taken up to release $700 million of Iran’s frozen assets on a monthly basis.

By Fars News Agency


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