Rome, Feb 25, IRNA -- The value of trade between Iran and its
largest European trading partner, Italy, stood at dlrs 2.75 billion
dollars in the first 11 months of 2000, according to an official with
Italy's National Statistics Department.
He told IRNA that in the said period Italy imported dlrs 2.08
billion worth of goods from Iran.
The official said that Italy in turn exported dlrs 670 million
worth of goods to Iran.
Therefore, Italy's imports from Iran constituted more than 75
percent of the total commercial transactions between the two
countries in the January-November period.
Italy imported about dlrs 1.84 billion worth of crude oil from
Iran in the first 11 months of the year. The amount made up 88.3
percent of Italy's imports from Iran and 69 percent of bilateral
trade in the first eleven months of last year.
There was a trade imbalance between Iran and Italy during the
period under study.
Livestock products such as pickled hide and cow hides constituted
about 31 percent, or 168 billion liras of Italy's imports from Iran,
textiles 84 billion liras and agricultural as well as horticultural
products 45 billion liras.
Further, Italy exported 1,390 billion liras worth of goods,
including machinery and equipment for power generation and
consumption, machinery for special purposes, basic chemical products
and fittings, to Iran in the period under study.
The total weight of goods exchanged between Iran and Italy stood
at 9.8 million tons, including 9.6 millio tons of goods exported to
Italy by Iran.
Iran, Italy review expansion of bilateral ties
Tehran, Feb 25, IRNA -- Italian Prime Minster Giuliano Amato and
First Vice-President Hassan Habibi here on Saturday reviewed further
expansion of Tehran-Rome cooperation.
Talks by the two officials focused on the promotion of bilateral
ties particularly in the areas of small- and medium-size industries as
well as on preparing the ground for an exchange of expert manpower
by the two countries.
Both Habibi and Amato also called for exchange of technology and
knowhow and stressed the need for mutual cooperation in the area of
During the meeting also attended by the Iranian minister of
industries and mines who is the head of the two countries' joint
commission, Habibi underlined the need for support and insurance
coverage for Italian and non-Italian companies who win tenders to
undertake construction of power plants in Iran.
Meanwhile, the Italian premier, after talks with President
Mohammad Khatami, attended a news conference on Saturday night.
On his talks with the Iranian president, Amato said that issues
of mutual interest were reviewed during the meeting.
On the reform process in Iran, he said that the trend should
be continued as it will bring economic development for the Islamic
Republic. He said Rome is ready to effectively cooperate with Iran
to help in the process.
Praising the economic development of the country, Amato
said that a special relation has been established between Rome and
As to the issue of Palestine and regional development, he stressed
that Tehran is interested in pursuing peace and stability for the
entire region. "Italy supports policies that help establish regional
peace," he added.
Asked to comment on the opposition allegedly raised by the
Italian parliament to his visit to Tehran, Amato said that some
representatives in the Italian parliament were indeed against his
visit to the Islamic Republic, but that he made the visit just the
same and this was his answer to their objection.
In response to a question as to why his visit to Tehran was so
short, he said that it was originally scheduled for two days but that
due to some problems in his working commitment it had to be shortened.
Amato, who arrived here on Saturday afternoon for a working
visit, left the country last night.
The visit was said to be in line with the regular exchange of
visits between senior Iranian and Italian officials.
Latest developments in Tehran-Rome bilateral cooperation as
well as in the international and regional level were top on the
agenda of the talks held between the Italian premier and the
Iranian senior officials.
Habibi on Saturday accorded a formal welcome to the Italian
premier at Sa'adabad Cultural Complex in northern Tehran.
Amato's visit follows last week's visit to Iran by Italian
Minister of Industry, Commerce and Handicrafts Enrico Letta.
Relations between Iran and Italy have grown markedly since
President Khatami took office in 1997.
The Iranian president made a state visit to Italy in March 1999,
his first to a European country since assuming office.
Iranian president, Italian prime minister, meet in Tehran
Tehran, Feb 25, IRNA -- Iranian President Seyed Mohammad Khatami met
and conferred with the Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato at
Tehran's Sa'd Abad Place Complex Saturday night.
President Khatami referred to the Italian prime minister's trip to
Iran at the beginning of the Year for Dialogue Among Civilizations as
a new chapter in the relations between the two ancient civilizations
of Iran and Rome.
The President added, "the Islamic Republic of Iran warmly shakes
the hands of all the countries that ask for broader political,
scientific, economic and cultural relations with us in the framework
of mutual respect and safeguarding of both countries' national
interests, and in order to achieve our prominent position at the
Referring to the excellent international prestige and status of
both countries that are each the cradle of a great and prolific
civilization, President Khatami announced Tehran's readiness to expand
comprehensive relations with Rome on an ever accelerating trend.
The Iranian President referred to the social and political
stability, young population that is excellent at various technical
fields, fine position for transit purposes, and the national and
political will of the Iranians for development in their country, as
the positive factors that any partner of Iran could easily rely on.
President Khatami said, "these factors ensure huge benefits and
bonuses for the political, economic and industrial partners of Iran."
Referring to the record of the two countries' relations in various
fields, the President expressed satisfaction that Italy is today one
of the major partners of the Islamic Republic of Iran at global
The President further stressed the need for safeguarding
humanitarian values and particularly democracy at global level,
reiterating, "democracy must be safeguarded at international level and
the world nations should enjoy equal rights."
He asked for a drastic reform in the structure of the UN Security
Council, which is, "the shared and righteous demand of both Iran and
the European Union. "Iran favors the permanent presence of the EU and
the I.R of Iran and the SC," said Khatami.
The President referred to terrorism and smuggling of narcotic
drugs as two major issues with which Iran has long been entangled
and the monetary and human losses that Iran has suffered from in
these fields so far, criticizing the European countries for their weak
and insufficient support in such costly humanitarian fields.
He added, "we strongly expect the EU to cooperate with our plans
and support them in changing the plantation of puppy fields in
Afghanistan into other useful agricultural products."
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian President pointed out that
the most essential prerequisite for achieving an honorable and lasting
peace in the Middle East is international recognition of the denied
rights of the oppressed Palestinian nation.
He also referred to the current tense atmosphere prevailing at the
Persian Gulf region, stressing that Iran believes the security of that
sensitive strategic region can be restored and safeguarded only
through close cooperation among regional countries.
The Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato, too, referred to the
rich historical background of Iran and the history of the two
countries' excellent relations, expressing his country's political
will to improve the level of bilateral relations in all possible
Referring to the experience of religious democracy in Iran, Amato
said, "the western democracy is quite different with your Islamic
democracy here, asking for cultural and civilizational exchange of
views aimed at reaching a mutual understanding in this regard.
The Italian prime minister expressed his government's political
will to have a strong presence at the scenes of political and economic
development in Iran. He also emphasized that Italy is highly
interested in establishment of joint industrial firms with Iran and
to seek Iran's assistance in having a stronger presence at Iranian
and International markets thorough making investments in small and
medium size industries of Iran.
Amamto praised Iran's severe fight against narcotic drugs
trafficking, arguing, "our two countries' stands on this issue are
pretty close to each other." He then cited Italy's full agreement with
Iran that puppy plantation must give way to other useful agricultural
products in Afghanistan.
He referred to the recent meeting between the foreign ministers of
the two countries during which they have reached comprehensive
agreements on the methods of fighting against international terrorism
and combatting narcotic drugs smuggling, arguing that adoption of such
joint stands means that the world countries are reaching joint status
on such critical international problems, which will guarantee the
interests of all.
The Italian prime minister also agreed with the Iranian President
in his brilliant proposal for permanent membership of the EU and Iran
at the UN Security Council.
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