Health min. calls for further Iran-Cyprus medical coop.

TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) – Health Minister Hashemi has stressed the need to develop relations between Iran and Cyprus in areas of health, treatment as well as medical education.

Speaking at the ceremony to sign a health, treatment, education, research and pharmaceutical cooperation agreement with his Cypriot counterpart, Iranian Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi said Iran holds cooperation with Cyprus in various arenas as a number of Iranian students are studying in the European country; nevertheless, we intend to further elevate relevant ties between the two sides within the framework of a joint memorandum in the field of medical education and research.”

“A major Cypriot pharmaceutical company is planning to establish a new firm in collaboration with Iranian partners,” highlighted the official expressed hope that, in the new situation, effective steps will be taken to promote relations between the two countries in health areas.

Hasehmi went on to add that two major universities of the two sides have also inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to strengthen bilateral ties in the field of joint training in various medical disciplines.

The Iranian health minister voiced optimism towards the future of Iran-Cyprus ties noting “the two parties have always enjoyed good relations and that Cyprus has witnessed the significant progress achieved by Iran in medical sciences; “geographically speaking, Iran is located in an area with a population of 400 million people.”

Hasehmi pointed to the long-standing cultural ties between Iran and Cyprus reiterating “Cyprus could mark an excellent opportunity for Iran’s private sector to enter the European market.”

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