Energy min. calls for stronger Tehran-Berlin ties

TEHRAN, Oct. 04 (MNA) – Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian has urged Germans to launch partnership in various water and power sectors of Iran.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting with German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Iran’s Chitchian said Iranian and German companies possess historical relations and have held vast cooperation; “the meeting is expected to pave the path for strengthening joint collaboration between the two sides in various water and power arenas.”

The official noted that Iran would not remain as a consumer of foreign products in the post-JCPOA era asserting “cooperation between Iran and Germany will develop mutually in areas of technology transfer and project financing.”

“Presently, banking relations between the two countries are still far from a satisfactory level,” noted Chitchian urging the German government to take immediate steps towards conducting effective ties.”

The official said Iran holds concerns over banking issues since they could impede good relations with the European country; “investment in renewable energies can mark a common ground for cooperation between the two sides given Iran’s willingness to base its economy on sources that produce less carbon in the coming years.”

The Iranian economy minister collaboration in renewable energy sector would not only benefit both states but also provide proper grounds for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the world.

He went on to enumerate further venues for cooperation between Iran and Germany including construction of distribution substations, power plants, incinerators and wastewater treatment plants,  satellite images of water resources as well as integration of water resources and water supply networks.

Germany’s Gabriel, for his part, pointed to the opportunity emerged for reinvigoration of bilateral relations following the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) saying “Iran’s nuclear deal offered precious venues for joint cooperation between Iran and Germany.”

Sigmar Gabriel recognized that Iranians people are looking forward to observe tangible outcomes of the deal between Iran and world powers.

The official went on to add that the presence of about 120 representatives in his accompanying trade delegation is a sign of Germany’s eagerness to launch joint and deep collaboration with Iran.

“Certain banks in Germany are willing to make investments in Iran,” stressed the German vice chancellor promising to make efforts to guarantee their activity in Iran in order to facilitate relations between the two countries.


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