Iran FM vows support for private sector’s role in relations with other countries

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is determined to support the role and participation of the private sector in relations with other countries.

8 September 2021
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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is determined to support the role and participation of the private sector in relations with other countries.

President of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines, and Agriculture Golam Hossein Shafei (Left) and a number of the heads of joint chambers of commerce between Iran and other countries meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian (Right) in Tehran September 7, 2021.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is determined to support the role and participation of the private sector in relations with other countries.

President of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines, and Agriculture (ICCIMA) and a number of the heads of joint chambers of commerce between Iran and other countries had a meeting on Tuesday with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and a number of other Foreign Ministry officials.

Speaking during the meeting, ICCIMA President Gholam Hossein Shafei said, “One of the main differences between Iran and developed countries is that, unfortunately, in our country, the economy has always been politicized, while in developed countries, the opposite is true.”

Shafei noted that Iran has no more chance for trial and error.

Referring to the good capacities of the joint chambers of commerce, he said that there is a way out of the current situation and a way to develop foreign policy.

He underlined the significance of preferential trade and free trade agreements, calling on both the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade to sign more such agreements so as to lower the cost of trade for Iranian exporters.

The foreign minister, for his part, said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is determined to support the role and participation of the private sector in relations with other countries.

Providing COVID-19 vaccines is one of the main agendas of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amir Abdollahian said, noting that the Ministry welcomes the participation of the private sector in this regard.

He said that the Foreign Ministry plans to form a joint committee with Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines, and Agriculture (ICCIMA) and the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade.

Shafei also noted that the private sector will regain its place in the joint commissions for economic cooperation. 

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