0726 GMT August 20, 2019
Over 140 economic delegations from 48 countries have visited Iran in the nine months to December 22, an official with Trade Promotion Organization of Iran said on Friday.
Mir-Abutorab Badri said that the delegations, which included 3,763 businessmen and investors, toured different parts of the energy-rich country during the period, www.tpo.ir reported.
He added that 71 delegations from Europe and the United States, 41 groups from Asia and 34 from Africa visited Iran during the period.
Badri said Germany has sent the highest number of delegations to Iran, dispatching 12 economic groups.
The official added that Italy also dispatched the biggest delegation to Iran that included 360 members.
According to the official, finding partners for joint investments, transferring technology, holding business talks, buying raw materials, selling goods and signing trade agreements were among the objectives of the delegations.
The visits by foreign delegations followed a breakthrough in Vienna in by Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany – over the Iranian nuclear program.
Iran and the P5+1 announced at the end of their marathon talks on July 14 that they have agreed on certain restrictions over the Iranian nuclear program in return for the removal of certain economic sanctions against Iran.
This triggered a wave of visits to Tehran by high-ranking business delegations. The first to arrive in Tehran following the Vienna nuclear breakthrough was German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel who led a top-level business delegation to Iran on July 19.