Expansion of Iran-EU economic ties necessary

TEHRAN, Mar. 13 (MNA) – Iran’s labor minister has emphasized that economic interactions between Iran and Europe need to become expanded.

At a meeting with former French Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs, Labour and Solidarity François Fillon, Iranian Minister of Cooperative, Labor and Social Welfare Ali Rabiei said “numerous subsidiaries exist under the auspices of the Iranian Social Security organization (ISSO) that can run vast economic activities with French companies.”

Rabiei stressed that economic interactions between Iran and Europe will elevate stability and security in the region asserting “boosting of Iran’s economic ties with European Union (EU) countries leads to expansion of security and economic stability in the region reducing international conflicts.”

The official pointed to historical relations between Iran and France adding “removal of sanctions has provided a good opportunity for economic cooperation between the two countries.”

Iranian labor minister also referred to Iran’s presence in Iraqi market as well as reinvigoration of ties with Azerbaijan Republic; “Iran enjoys a great position in the market of Afghanistan as well as that an MoU has been inked recently with the Azerbaijani side to establish a pharmaceutical firm.”

“The largest oil and gas company in the Persian Gulf is also a sunsidary of ISSO with 49 per cent of the share which can conduct good economic collaborations with French companies,” highlighted the official urging France to invest in the ongoing project of constructing two huge refineries.

“In view of Iran’s relations with regional countries, economic ties between Iran and France could lead to increased presence of France in the region while the two sides can also expand their cultural interactions,” he continued.

Iran’s labor minister touched upon the country’s capabilities in the area of tourism adding “in addition to great potentials in the medical sector, the cost of treatment is very low in Iran and we can have a significant role in the field of medical tourism.”

“Iran also holds historical monuments and special natural position offering great capabilities in the tourism sector,” stressed the Rabiei underlining “France will be able to take advantage of Iran’s great potential in terms of human resources.”

The former French Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs, Labour and Solidarity François Fillon, for his part, said “France has always distinguished Iran from other countries in the region taking up a different approach towards Terhan; France was at war with Germany and Britain for many years while we are all collaborating with each other in the EU.”

“Each nation’s culture defines its policies and Iran remains as a calm country with stability in the region,” highlighted Fillon concluding “responsible officials in Iran have been able to bring about stability and security to the country while Europe should take up a different and independent policy towards Iran.”

 

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