News ID: 210316
Published: 0401 GMT February 20, 2018

Spanish, Dutch FMs visiting Tehran

Spanish, Dutch FMs visiting Tehran

(Political Desk) Foreign ministers of Spain and the Netherlands are visiting Tehran on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.

Foreign Minister of Spain Alfonso Dastis and his Dutch counterpart Sigrid Kaag’s visits are aimed at reviewing ways to reinforce bilateral relations, Qassemi said on his Telegram news account, IRNA reported.

The Spanish foreign minister is planning to discuss investment with Iranian officials during his two-day visit to Tehran, according to Spanish newspaper ABC.

According to ABC, unlike the 2016 visits by ex-Spanish FM José Manuel García-Margallo, the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain, José Manuel Soria López and Minister of Public Works Ana Pastor Julián who were accompanied by economic and trade delegation, no trade entourage will accompany Dastis.

Iran, in May, 2017, signed a deal worth $615 million (€550 million) with a Spanish-Iranian consortium under which the group will provide pipes for Iran's oil industry.

That was the first major deal for Iran's oil industry since President Hassan Rouhani's reelection last year on a platform of reform and greater openness to the international community.

The consortium, which includes Spain's Tubacex SA and Iran's Esfahan Steel Company, will produce pipes made of a corrosion resistant alloy for a network of 600 kilometers, or about 370 miles, over three years.

After resuming oil swap, Iran’s exports to Spain increased 26 times and the country’s imports also surged 80 percent.

Iranian Ambassador to Spain Mohammad-Hassan Fadaei-Fard also said that the foreign minister’s visit is going to be the beginning of a positive change in the ties between the two countries.

The visit was to be made in October 2017, the envoy added, but due to the Catalonia independence referendum, it was delayed.

There were no details on the Dutch foreign minister’s visit to Tehran. 

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