Friend in deed: Iran ready for across-the-board cooperation with Russia

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Iranian companies want to expand their presence in Russia’s construction, oil and consumer market, a senior Iranian trade and planning official told Sputnik in Moscow.

Mina Mehrnoush, the head of planning at the Organization for Trade Development in Iran, who leads an Iranian delegation on a visit to Moscow, said that now is a good time for establishing new contacts between the two countries’ organizations and companies.
“First, the international sanctions imposed on our country are now gone. Secondly, Russia’s relations with a number of its traditional trading partners are not good, which gives the Iranian firms a chance to establish a foothold in the Russian market. Until now our exchanges have been limited to agriculture, but we now have good prospects also in construction and construction materials, oil refinery and textiles. Iran wants to find a niche for itself in all these segments of the Russian economy,” Mina Mehrnoush said.
During their stay in Moscow, the Iranian delegation met with representatives of about fifty Russian import companies for constructive and very promising dialogue held as part of the Russian-Iranian Trade Council.
Mina Mehrnoush also mentioned tourism as one of the most promising areas of cooperation.
“As far as I know, three million Russians canceled their planned visits to Turkey during this holiday season alone. I think that many more are now looking for alternative destinations and Iran, with its many historical and architectural highlights and resorts, could be one such destination. Russians are welcome to come to Iran!” she said in conclusion.

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