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Germany eyes new record exports to Iran: official

A senior German economic official predicted that German exports to Iran could surpass the historical record mark of 4 billion euros within the next two or three years, should Iran's economic growth continue, IRNA reported from Berlin.

"Iran is our third largest recipient (of German goods) and is especially important because of its economic growth. The 4 billion euro export record of 1991 will be topped, should this development continue," the head of the German Near and Middle East Association (Numov), Werner Schloetzke, told the daily FAZ Saturday.

Pointing to the fact that Germany has been one of Iran's leading trade partners, Schloetzke added, "Germany heads the list (of Iran's trading partners) and Germany will also remain the requested technology partner of Iran in the coming years."

Total German-Iranian trade volume reached around 2.2 billion euros last year.

Second German-Iranian media confab concludes work in Berlin

The concept of religious democracy should be placed on the agenda of the third German-Iranian media conference, due to take place in Iran next year, said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi, as the second German-Iranian media confab ended Friday its work in Berlin.

"We should initiate a serious discussion on the concept of religious democracy at next year's meeting in Iran. Religious and western democracy should be among the topics and they have to be discussed in any case," Asefi said in his closing remarks.

"There are ambiguities on religious democracy as well as western democracy and they have to be removed. We witness in Islamic ocieties, especially in Iran, that there are ambiguities towards western democracy," he added.

Asefi stressed that the German-Iranian media dialogue which started two years ago, had begun its work on a "good path".

Some 40 German and Iranian journalists and political experts attended the two-day German-Iranian media seminar, entitled 'Media and Global Challenges'.

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