News ID: 235696
Published: 0423 GMT December 12, 2018

Indonesia favors expansion of ties with Iran

Indonesia favors expansion of ties with Iran

Indonesia is determined to bolster and broaden all-out relations with Iran, especially in the fields of politics and economy, said Indonesian Ambassador to Iran Octaviano Alimuddin, referring to vast areas of commonalities between the two countries.

He added that his country attaches great importance to relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Fars News Agency reported.

He made the remarks in his meeting with the governor general of Khuzestan Province. "We are making efforts to expand trade and business relations with Iran," he added.

Khuzestan has high potentials for exporting products to neighboring countries, he said, adding that the province can be turned into a region for exporting goods from Arvand Free Trade Zone to neighboring countries such as Iraq.

In the meeting, the two sides also called for broadening security ties between the two countries.

Khuzestan Governor General Gholamreza Shariati noted that Indonesia is home to the largest Muslim population in the world and hailed the good relations between the two countries.

He pointed to the maximum production level of agricultural products and ports cooperation as the most important capacities of Khuzestan and added that the province is home to important industrial and production units, most importantly petrochemical companies.

In late November, Iran's Commercial Attaché to Indonesia Anwar Kamari said that Iran's non-oil exports to Indonesia showed a significant rise in the seven months from March 21 compared to the figure for the same period last year.

"Reports released by the Islamic Republic of Iran's customs showed that Iran's exports to Indonesia in the seven-month period hit $402 million compared with $280 million in the same period last year, indicating an increase of 43 percent in value and 10 percent in weight," Anwar Kamari said.

Metals, including iron and steel, with $220 million and 74 percent growth compared to last year's figures, are in the forefront of exports to Indonesia, he added.

Kamari had announced in October that Iran considerably increased the value of its non-oil exports to Indonesia in the six months from March 21 this year.

"Iran exported non-oil goods worth $328 million during the said period showing a 42-percent rise compared to the amount for the same period last year," he added.

"Plastic products, chemical, petroleum, steel, and food products are among Iran's main non-oil exports to Indonesia," he concluded.

   
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