Iran’s FM Hails France as Major Partner
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described France as a major political and trade partner with which Iran seeks to boost joint investment.
“We regard France as an important economic and political partner,” Zarif said in a meeting with French Minister of Finance Michel Sapin in Tehran on Saturday.
Lauding Iran and France’s move to hold joint economic commissions, the foreign minister expressed Tehran’s determination to enhance relations with Paris in all fields.
He also highlighted the Iranian market’s potential and the workforce available in the country, hoping for broader joint investment in the automotive industry.
Sapin, for his part, expressed French politicians and companies’ willingness to use opportunities for closer bilateral ties with Iran.
France seeks cooperation with Iran together with the European Union, the French minister added.
Economic ties between Iran and France gained momentum after coming into force of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany), in January 2016.
During a January 2016 visit to Paris by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Tehran signed a major contract with Airbus worth about $27 billion to buy 118 planes.
Also in January 2016, Iran Khodro, the Middle East’s biggest carmaker, and French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen signed an agreement over a joint-venture to produce cars, worth 500 million euros ($545 million).