Traffic of foreign delegations in Tehran

Tehran, Aug 5, IRNA – There is a traffic of foreign delegations in Tehran who are here in search of new opportunities to boost mutual ties following the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and P5+1 group of countries.

The Tehran-based “Iran Daily’ said that “The deal has paved the way for foreign countries to boost Iran ties, particularly in economic and trade fields.

On Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Azeri Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev, heading an economic delegation, called for cooperation with the Republic of Azerbaijan in oil and gas industries.

President Rouhani said the two neighbors can begin to invest jointly in the Caspian Sea, adding that mutual cooperation in oil and gas industries can contribute to stronger ties between Iran and Azerbaijan.

He further highlighted the important role of the International North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC) in the enhancement of ties between the two neighbors.

President Rouhani also hailed Azerbaijan as a gate that links Iran to the Caucasus, adding that Iran could also connect its northwestern neighbor to the rest of the world via the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.

The NSTC is a multipurpose route for the transit of goods between Iran, Russia, Europe, India and Central Asia via shipping lines, railroad and land routes.

For his part, Mustafayev hailed the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, saying that the agreement would benefit regional and international peace and stability.

Mustafayev also voiced Baku’s determination to develop ties with Iran in different fields, including energy, commerce, transportation, industry, agriculture, oil, petrochemical industries and banking.

Serbian delegation in Tehran

Tehran is also hosting a Serbian delegation headed by the country’s foreign minister which arrived in the capital on Monday.

After arriving in Tehran, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić held talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The two top diplomats discussed ways of boosting bilateral relations, especially in business and economic fields.

During the meeting Zarif welcomed a proposal by Dačić for holding the 14th meeting of Iran-Serbia Joint Economic Commission.

Referring to the countries’ long-standing and favorable relations, Zarif expressed hope for the development of bilateral cooperation in political, economic, energy, agricultural, parliamentary, cultural, scientific, and academic area.

The Serbian minister, for his part, voiced Belgrade’s readiness to open a new chapter in the ties with the Islamic Republic in the political, economic, and parliamentary fields.

The Serbian official also felicitated Iran on July 14 nuclear agreement with P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany. Also on Monday, the Serbian foreign minister met Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani.

During the meeting, Larijani said the United States is using the ISIL terrorist group as a means to advance its own interests in the region.

“It seems that the US is playing with the ISIL pawn in the region,” Majlis speaker said.

The Serbian foreign minister, for his part, criticized the international community’s double standards vis-a-vis the war on terror, saying the policy has exacerbated violence and extremism.

Italian delegation

On Tuesday, an Italian delegation headed by the country’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni along with a number of senior directors of the industries sector and state-run and private economic enterprises arrived in Tehran.

Members of top Italian delegation in the two-day visit will exchange views with Iranian officials on ways of expanding mutual cooperation in various domains, including energy, agriculture, transportation and other economic and commercial fields.

That’s the first visit of a high-ranking Italian delegation to Iran after the Vienna agreement.

The promising prospect of trade with Iran has prompted major European countries to explore the market potential in the populous Middle East nation.

Earlier in July, a high-ranking German delegation visited Iran as the first foreign delegation in Tehran after the nuclear agreement.

Spain has also plans to send its ministers of trade, energy and tourism, along with a 40-strong trade delegation, to Iran in early September.