News ID: 118858
Published: 0757 GMT May 26, 2015

Tehran-Berlin trade figures unsatisfactory

Tehran-Berlin trade figures unsatisfactory

Germany is lagging behind its rivals in forging economic relations with Iran, observed the German ambassador to Iran on Tuesday.



Domestic Economy Desk


Speaking in a meeting with Governor-General of Khorasan Razavi province Ali-Reza Rashidian in Mashhad, Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg added this is while earlier, his country used to rank first among Iran's trade partners, IRNA reported.

"[Western] sanctions is definitely among the main reasons for the decline. However, Germany has always ranked third or fourth in the world in terms of export and is still Iran's largest European partner."

The ambassador noted currently, France, the US and China are major rivals in international markets, adding, this competition is in the interest of the whole world.

"For instance, a few days ago, I visited a number of installations in Assaluyeh, Bushehr province, constructed by foreign companies, the quality of which were eye-catching. We welcome healthy competition."

Speaking at the same meet, Rashidian blamed those countries that launch war between neighboring states to sell their products.

He said the province has high potentials for boosting trade with Germany.

Rashidian also called on the German government to resolve the problems faced by traders to boost economic ties.

He added the province can become a gateway for German products to the Afghan market.

"Khorasan Razavi is prepared to receive German trade delegations and dispatch teams to that country and cooperate in holding joint exhibitions."

Rashidian noted the province conducts trade with 80 countries, among which Germany ranks 11th and 18th in terms of exports to and imports from the province, respectively.

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