Italian Premier stresses Tehran, Rome cooperation

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Tehran and Rome could increase collaboration in economic areas.

He made the remark in a meeting with Iranian businessmen in Iran Chamber of Commerce here on Wednesday.

He said Iran and Italy enjoy many common points including desire for establishment of peace.

He said that the Italian ministers of economy and finance will also visit Iran in near future heading an economic delegation.

He noted that a western bank has already opened branches in both Iran and Europe.

He said the two countries should focus on ways of reviving the ancient Silk Road.

The Italian premier also noted that businessmen active in power, gas, oil, steel, healthcare and technological infrastructures are in present in the Italian delegation he is leading to Tehran.

Iran’s Minister of Industries, Mines and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh who was also present in the meeting, said the chairman of Sache Export Credit Agency has already offered to cover joint investments.

Nematzadeh told reporters earlier today that Iran and Italy signed 12 contracts and pre-contracts on Wednesday.

Another official Ahmad Pourfallah told IRNA on Wednesday that Iran-Italy Trade Conference is underway and the businessmen of the two countries will participate in joint meeting in the evening.

He added that negotiations will be held in two separate sections and 45 businessmen from Iranian economic firms and 45 from Italian economic firms will take part in this event.

Pourfallah noted that one of these meetings is related to industry and the businessmen will negotiate on different fields such as oil and gas, electricity and power plant, steel, textile and fashion, car, big projects contracts, urban planning and architecture, telecommunication, railway industry, airport construction, shipping, refinery and petrochemicals.

He said that the Italian economic delegation including 70 economic firms is the ninth delegation which travelled to Iran in the post-sanctions era.

He added that 900 Italian economic firms have travelled to Iran in the post-JCPOA era.

Renzi, heading a 250-member political and economic delegation, arrived in Tehran on April 12.

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