0930 GMT August 21, 2019
The Italian Embassy in Tehran is interested in any kind of cooperation with Iranian sides, said the new ambassador of the European country to Tehran, IRNA reported.
“We are attempting to provide you with precise and transparent information for cooperation. Such kind of information plays an important role in trade activities,” added Giuseppe Perrone in an address to a meeting of Iran-Italy Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mines, held in the Iranian capital.
In the meeting, which was attended by Chairman of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) Gholamhossein Shafei, ways to improve the level of economic relations between the two states, particularly in view of Iran’s present situation and the imposition of US sanctions on the country, were discussed.
In May 2018, President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the P5+1, and reimposed Washington’s unilateral sanctions on Iran in two phases.
Speaking at the meeting, Shafei described as good the level of political and economic relations between Iran and Italy.
He assured that expanded relations between the two sides would help strengthen their political relations.
ICCIMA head stressed that in the year to March 2019, the largest number of high-ranking delegations were exchanged between the two countries, which is indicative of the special relationship between Iran and Italy.
Commenting on US sanctions on Iran, he said, “We expect the Italian Embassy in Tehran to take more serious steps toward expanding cooperation and relations between the Iran and Italy and removing problems.”
Shafei noted that in view of the two sides’ strong will, “their political and regional collaborations are expected to be fostered more favorably in the near future. ICCIMA is willing to offer the Italian Embassy in Iran any kind of cooperation to help achieve this goal.”
Perrone noted that given the level and kind of relations between Italian and Iranian traders it appears that the ground is prepared for expanding cooperation between the two sides in a large number of fields.
“In fact, the activities performed by Iran-Italy Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mines shows that both countries are highly interested in improving cooperation with each other. Statistics indicate the Italy is among Iran’s main trade partners.”
He noted that given that, due US sanctions, Iranian traders and businessmen and the country’s trade partners are currently under pressure, “we are under special circumstances.”
In such a situation, the governments and private sectors of the two countries have to shoulder greater responsibility, Perrone said.