Iran Eyes Stronger Trade Ties with Ukraine
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there are good opportunities for closer trade interaction between Iranian and Ukrainian companies in light of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a lasting nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
In a meeting with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Tehran on Sunday, Zarif said implementation of the JCPOA facilitates closer trade interaction between Iran and Ukraine’s state-run and private companies.
The top Iranian diplomat underlined that Tehran and Kiev can launch cooperation in a broad range of fields, including higher education, scientific and technological issues, energy, power plant equipment, renewable energies, agriculture, cultural programs and tourism.
Zarif also called for Iran-Ukraine partnership within the framework of international circles in the fight against narcotics trafficking and organized crimes.
For his part, the visiting Ukrainian minister expressed Kiev’s willingness to enhance relations with Tehran in the political and economic fields with more consultations between the two countries’ officials.
Klimkin also voiced Ukraine’s enthusiasm for cooperation with Iran in the power plant industry, aviation, renewable energies, nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and student exchange programs via Iran-Ukraine joint commission on trade and economic cooperation.
The Ukrainian minister’s visit to Iran comes against the backdrop of growing international interest in trade ties with Iran since Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) finalized the nuclear accord on July 14, 2015 and implemented it on January 16.