Iran, Germany Ink Deal to Boost Agricultural Cooperation

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – High-Ranking officials from Iran and Germany signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop cooperation between the two countries in various areas of agriculture.

محمود حجتی

In a meeting in the German capital of Berlin on Saturday, Iranian Agricultural Jihad Minister Mahmoud Hojjati and German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt signed the MoU to enhance the two sides’ cooperation in various spheres of agriculture, including research, education and agribusiness.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Hojjati emphasized that for the past two years, Iran and Germany have paved the grounds for closer cooperation between public and private sectors of the two sides through “good planning”.

“Today, we can witness the two countries’ extensive cooperation in diverse areas of agriculture ahead of the implementation of the JCPOA (Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers),” the Iranian minister noted.

The remarks come ahead of a joint statement by Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) expected later today.

Earlier on Friday, a senior Iranian diplomat had said that "good news" will shortly be published on implementation of the deal finalized back in July 2015.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (also known as E3+3 and P5+1) on July 14, 2015, reached a conclusion on a 159-page nuclear agreement that would terminate all sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear energy program after coming into force.

Afterwards, the 15-memebr United Nations Security Council passed a resolution that endorsed the JCPOA.

According to the UNSC Resolution 2231, all previous UNSC sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program will be terminated when the JCPOA takes effect.

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