Iran urges boosting economic ties with Serbia

TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) – The head of Iran and Serbia’s parliamentary friendship group expressed dissatisfaction with the current level of trade volume between the two nations and pointed to their high capacity for economic and business cooperation.

Parvaneh Salahshouri, The head of Iran and Serbia’s parliamentary friendship group, made the remarks in a meeting with Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić.

Referring to the 80th anniversary of the two country’s political relations, Salahshouri stated “we are willing to increase interactions between Iran and Serbia’s political and parliamentary delegation and hope that Serbia’s president visit Tehran to meet with his counterpart.”

Pointing to the growing trend of parliamentary cooperation she said parliaments are the facilitators of bilateral cooperation between two country’s government and private sectors, and as such Iran’s parliament is ready to work with Serbia’s parliament in various areas.

Salahshour was optimistic that the joint economic commission is held in the near future and deemed it as an important means of expanding business ties.

The Iranian official stressed the need for removal of obstructions on banking transactions which is a positive step toward enhancing economic relations.

She mentioned visa waiver between the two nations, saying that it could help flourish tourism industry between Iran and Serbia.

She also discussed bilateral cultural cooperation adding that the two countries have cultural similarities which means they can cooperate in several cultural areas including book exhibitions.

Salahshouri further voiced optimism that such trips could help boost cooperation in different fields.

Ivica Dačić for his part talked about the potential grounds for cooperation between the two countries.

He invited Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for a trip to Serbia and said “I would like Iran’s foreign minister to visit Serbia as soon as possible in order to continue discussions between the two ministries.”

The Serbian diplomat also expressed gratitude toward Iran’s stance on Serbia in the international community and stressed on the need for closer ties in the international community so that the two countries positions could better synchronize.

Referring to expansion of bilateral economic cooperation, Serbia’s foreign minister said “there is no obstacle in the way of cooperation with Iran which suggests the deep-rooted friendship between the two nations.”

Toward the end, Dačić voiced the readiness of his country for cooperation in culture, sports, aerial transportation and other mutually agreed areas.

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