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Canadian envoy: Politics not to deter Tehran-Ottawa trade

Kerman, July 26, IRNA-Canadian commercial attache in Iran John Rodney said on Tuesday the Iran-Canada political row will not have any negative effect on bilateral economic and commercial ties.

"The problems, which are mainly related to the death of (the Iranian-Canadian photojournalist) Ms. Zahra Kazemi would not restrict trade between Iranian and Canadian private sectors," said Rodney in an address to members of Kerman province Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines on Tuesday.

Rodney said regarding the ongoing political conditions, the exports and sale of Canadian-made products are facing some problems, and this makes the duty of officials in charge of mutual trade heavier.

He said the Middle East states, notably Iran, have a tiny share in Canada's foreign trade, of which 80 percent is with the US and the rest with China and the European states.

The envoy said Canadian companies are willing to establish ties with Iranian parties.

He added that Canada tries to encourage the companies to invest in Iran and make them more interested in business in this country.

He added that the Canadian companies are also impressed by Iran's lucrative market and skilled workforce.

The Canadian official said Iran's climatic diversity, especially the pleasant climatic conditions in Kerman, have encouraged Ottawa to contribute to Iran's agriculture sector.

He praised Iran for its self-sufficiency in wheat production.

"Two and half years ago Iran was a major importer of wheat from Canada and now, despite its self-sufficiency in the field, shortages are felt in this regard," he said.

He said Canada has also the capacity to supply Iran with its needed oil and gas equipment, share information and telecommunication technology with the country and have its companies have influential presence in the Islamic Iran.

Concluding his remarks, Rodney said Canadian Embassy in Tehran is ready to offer any necessary information on Canadian private sector to Iranian traders and entrepreneurs.

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