Zarif stresses maturing Iran-Italy trade cooperation

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni attend a joint press conference in Tehran on February 28, 2015.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni attend a joint press conference in Tehran on February 28, 2015.

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed the hope that Iran-Italy economic and trade cooperation would boost after lift of sanctions imposed on Iran.

“We hope that (our) trade and economic cooperation with Italy will improve after easing sanctions,” he said in a press conference with his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni here in Tehran on Saturday.

Zarif also said Iran and Italy exchanged diplomatic delegations over last year, and their businesses also held ‘good talks.’

He referred to recent nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, and said, “There was serious progress in the talks last week. We hope, we can make progress in other issues, especially in lifting sanctions.”

“In that case, we will convert it (the agreement) into a comprehensive and precise agreement. This is our operational plan for reaching an agreement.”

He said that nuclear talks entered into ‘sensitive level’, adding the two sides made progress in technical domains, but there are still disagreements on other nuclear fields and sanctions.

Zarif continued that the US and other countries should come to understand that sanctions do not solve problems, but make problems instead.

By ISNA