Iran hails relations with Eurasian Union
TEHRAN – Iranian Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali praised the level of ties between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union, stressing the importance of the economic body.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the first Eurasian specialized exhibition in Tehran on Sunday, Jalali said: “The Eurasian Economic Union is an important and promising union for economic actors.”
“The preferential trade agreement between Iran and the Eurasian Union was concluded as a result of long negotiations and the efforts of the parties, and in the year and a half since that agreement, it has had a significant impact on increasing the volume of trade between Iran and the member states of the Eurasian Union, ”he added.
Emphasizing Iran’s commitment to a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Union, he welcomed the approach of the Union’s secretariat and member states on this issue and added: “In the ‘approach from Russia and Mr. Putin himself, we see a positive assessment of the expansion of relations with Iran in the form of the Eurasian Economic Union and of Iran joining this union .
He also referred to Iran’s efforts in the area of logistics and added that Iran can facilitate Eurasian trade through regional corridors.
Jalali highlighted two rail and sea routes and noted: “In the railway area, two very important border points of the Rasht-Astara and Chabahar-Zahedan railways are being completed. In the case of the Rasht-Astara railway, due to lack of funding from the Republic of Azerbaijan, problems have been created, but the Chabahar-Zahedan railway is being completed with internal resources.
The Iranian Ambassador to Russia assessed the various rail lines to the Republic of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkmenistan as important north-south, east-west and middle corridors and expressed hope for a resumption of these railways, according to ISNA.
He also underlined the role of the Caspian Sea route in the development of direct trade, especially with Russia and Kazakhstan.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he referred to the existing problems in the development of trade between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union, expressing the hope that Iranian traders will professionalize and reach the level of Eurasian countries.
It is thanks to such professionalism and the strengthening of Iranian customs that trade between the two sides will improve, he suggested.
He also called for correcting existing problems and making the agreements more effective in achieving the goal.
Emphasizing the effective role of private sector traders and chambers of commerce and the relationship between traders, Jalali said that traders’ lack of familiarity with the laws of other countries is one of the main issues in trade between the two. parts. And the solution is online education and the creation of a database of country businessmen.
In the end, Jalali emphasized perseverance and efforts to develop relationships.
The opening ceremony of the first Eurasian specialized exhibition was held in the presence of the Ambassador of Iran to the Russian Federation. Officials and diplomats from other countries, including Russia, were also present.
During the ceremony, Jalali visited the exhibition and met a number of businessmen and traders participating in the exhibition.
The exhibition, which runs until July 13, will feature companies from the Eurasian Union, including 30 Russian companies, 30 Kyrgyz companies, more than 10 Armenian companies, more than 10 Kazakh and Belarusian companies, as well as Iranian companies. .
The companies that participated in the exhibition are active in the fields of banking and finance, technology transfer, construction of large factories, silos, ports, docks, oil tanks, shipbuilding, steel and cement. wholesalers of livestock inputs, oil and agricultural products are also present at the fair.
In May, Ambassador Jalali and Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation Anton Kobyakov stressed the need to expand economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries.