0653 GMT April 18, 2019
Australia is keen on sending a trade delegation to Iran notwithstanding the proclaimed limitations by the US, Paul Foley said in a meeting with Head of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture Masoud Khansari on Saturday, Mehr News Agency reported.
He pointed to the extensive mineral activities in Iran and Australia highlighting the possibility of close and effective cooperation in this area.
"In the past, several Australian companies were active in Iran though they had to curb operation before ending their task due to strict sanctions," he asserted.
Foley expressed Australian companies' willingness to return to Iran despite the fact that the level of collaboration between the two countries has fluctuated widely in recent years.
The Australian diplomat also maintained that Australia is ready to cooperate with Iran in areas such as agriculture, education, mines and mining industries, oil and gas sectors as well as services relating to these industries.
"Australia is eager to see the country's economic activists visit Tehran for negotiations with their commercial partners," he said.
Khansari also pointed to the long history of Iran-Australia trade relations adding "Trade between the two countries has shrunk over the past few years as a result of the stiff sanctions."
He noted that about 80 business delegations have visited Iran since the approval of JCPOA while no Australian delegation has traveled to Iran yet.
"Australian economic activists are apparently pursuing a conservative approach," observed the Iranian official expressing hope that reciprocal visits by trade delegations from the two countries will reinvigorate Tehran-Canberra relations.