Tehran, April 15, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi called on Wednesday for easing bureaucracy to give services to Iranians living abroad in the economic and scientific fields.
Speaking to IRNA on the sidelines of a seminar attended by a large group of Iranian expatriates, Qashqavi said that the current bureaucracy in the fields of making economic investments and scientific cooperation in Iran should be adapted to the conditions of the five million Iranians who are currently living in other countries.
The three-day seminar began on Tuesday with an address by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Some 800 Iranian expatriates are participating in the event.
"Some of the Iranians residing in Western states are willing to do business with Iranian counterparts but they are discouraged by our bureaucratic system which prevent them from making the best use of their facilities and potentials to serve their motherland," Qashqavi said.
He added that facilitating the visit to Iran of the foreign-based Iranians in the recent years was a major step taken by the government as a service to the expatriates.
Another major step taken to this end was the establishment of a special department at Iran's Foreign Ministry to follow up the issues and affairs of the expatriates willing to visit Iran, said the spokesman.
Qashqavi added that the next major step to be taken is to prepare the grounds for taking advantage of capabilities of the expatriates by sharing them in domestic economic and scientific activities.
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