Head of Tehran Chamber of Commerce Masoud Khansari said on Tuesday that Iran and Italy can cooperate on food supply to take a large part of markets of the region.
He made the remarks in a meeting in Tehran with Italian Minister for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy, Maurizio Martina.
Khansari said that Russia and other Iranian neighboring countries imported some $108 billion food last year.
Referring to longstanding relations between Iran and Italy, Khansari said that even during the sanctions time, Iran had the highest level of trade relations with Italy compared to other European countries.
He touched on a recent visit to Italy by President Hassan Rouhani, calling for immediate implementation of the contracts signed during the visit.
Noting that Italy can be a good trade ally for Iran, he said that Tehran and Rome should deepen their ties through long-term investments.
During President Rouhani’s recent visit to Italy, 17 contracts worth over €17 billion were signed between the two countries.
A 310-member Italian economic delegation arrived in Tehran on Tuesday.