0532 GMT January 22, 2018
“The private sector is the main factor of growth in Iran-Poland economic cooperation, and I am confident that attaining the volume of one billion dollars is fully in access for the two countries,” Zarif said after Tehran and Warsaw signed a document on political consultations in the Polish capital earlier on Sunday.
“The people of Poland remember well that at a time when we were hosting them due to their difficulties, and that left behind a good track record of art and endurance,” he added.
Zarif and his Polish counterpart Witold Waszczykowski signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost political consultations between the two countries.
The MoU was signed shortly after the Zarif’s arrival in Warsaw on Sunday.
The document will facilitate and regulate cooperation between the two countries in politics and other fields including, economy and culture.
Speaking to reporters upon his arrival in Warsaw, the Iranian foreign minister said expanding cooperation between the two countries' private sectors is the main goal of his tour.
“Our most important agenda is supporting the private sector and the private sector is the economic engine of the country,” Zarif said.
On Sunday, Zarif, heading a politico-economic delegation left Tehran for Europe. Warsaw, capital of Poland, is the first destination of Zarif's four-nation tour to northern Europe.
A large group of economic and trade activists are accompanying Zarif in his visits to Poland, Finland, Sweden and Latvia.
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski visited Iran on February 28, 2016 simultaneously with the 540th anniversary of establishment diplomatic relations between Iran and Poland.
Political ties between Iran and Poland date back to one thousand years ago and discovered Iranian coins belong to Samanid dynasty (874-1004 A.D.), but, the first written document of official contacts date back to 1474 between King of Iran 'Uzun Hassan Aq-Qoyunlu (1423-1478) and King of Poland 'Yagolini'.
Poland has membership to the UN, WTO, OSCE, OECD, IMF, IBRD, EIB, EBRD, EFTA, CEFTA and NATO.