Iranian, Polish ministers sign roadmap on economic cooperation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Economy Minister Ali Tayyebnia and his Polish counterpart Janusz Piechocinski endorsed a roadmap on expansion of mutual economic cooperation.

“Iran’s foreign policy has always been based on consolidation of peace and establishment of security and tranquility in the region and world, and establishment of economic ties and development of cooperation with friendly country of Poland can prepare ground for expansion of economic cooperation in international level,” Tayebnia said in the signing ceremony of the agreement on Saturday.

He added that the current economic exchange level volume between the two countries stands at $40 million, which is not satisfactory.

The Iranian minister hoped that the trade turnover will rise in the future by establishing working groups for cooperation in the fields of banking, trade, and oil.

The Polish Minister, for his part, said that “we intend to develop and expand political relations in the direction of economic ties, too”.

Piechocinski added that establishment of flights between Tehran and Warsaw as well as to settle the accounts between Iranian and Polish banks are among programs to be done in a near future.

He said that cooperation in the fields of oil, gas, transportation and agriculture are among other interested fields for cooperation with Iran.

Piechocinski, leading a high-level trade delegation including railway manufacturers Newag and Pesa, arrived in Tehran on Friday night.

In a Saturday meeting with officials from Iran Chamber of Commerce in Tehran, the Polish minister announced that the volume of bilateral trade will increase three-fold following the establishment of Warsaw-Tehran direct flights by mid 2016.

Piechocinski, noted that bilateral trade ties can be expanded in various fields, including mining, bus manufacturing, supplying auto parts, environmental machineries, foodstuff, agriculture, oil and gas exploration and home appliances.

He admitted that around 1,500 specialized companies from Poland are poised to enter Iran’s lucrative market and plan to travel to the country in the near future following the removal of the western sanctions against Iran.

The Polish top official underlined that Poland supplies two-thirds of its gas needs via imports and Iran can act as a major partner in this regard.

He, meantime, noted that Iranian ships can harbor in Poland’s ports to load and unload commodities.

Earlier in July, Iranian Ambassador to Poland Ramin Mehmanparast and Piechocinski in a meeting in Warsaw underlined the need for reinvigorating and bolstering bilateral ties.

“The Vienna nuclear agreement which leads to termination of unjustly imposed sanctions provides an appropriate opportunity for Polish firms for boosting economic ties with Iran,” the Iranian ambassador said.

Piechocinski, for his part, said that the nuclear deal between Tehran and Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members – the US, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany) is good for the world and the entire region, adding, “It is a positive step towards expansion of economic, cultural and political relations between the two countries.”

Diplomatic ties between Iran and Poland started in the 17th century and several large institutions for Oriental studies are now active in Poland.

Iranians hosted 100,000 Polish and provided them with welfare facilities during the Second World War after Germany occupied the East European country.

Ties between the two friendly countries of Iran and Poland are growing and the two sides are seeking to bolster relations in all arenas.

By Fars News Agency