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09/22/15

France business development office inaugurated in Tehran

Source: Press TV

France has inaugurated a business development office in the Iranian capital Tehran as part of efforts to strengthen economic ties with Iran. French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll and Minister of State for Foreign Trade Matthias Fekl inaugurated the "Business France" office on Monday.


French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll (L) and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Hojjati (R) sign bilateral agreements as French Junior Minister for Foreign Trade and Tourism, Matthias Fekl (C) looks on during a meeting in Tehran on September 21, 2015.
(Photo: Islamic Republic News Agency)

Leading a 100-strong delegation, the French officials have already held talks with their Iranian counterparts to discuss ways to boost bilateral trade ties between Tehran and Paris.

Two cooperation agreements were signed during a meeting attended by senior Iranian and French officials on Monday.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Reza Najafimanesh, a member of Iran-France joint chamber of commerce said two French delegations including representatives from major oil and auto companies will visit Iran to hold talks with their Iranian counterparts later this year.

Facilitating bilateral trade

The French Minister of State for Foreign Trade Matthias Fekl ialso held a separate meeting with Iran’s Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh on Monday.

The two sides agreed on forming a joint working group to facilitate trade and industrial ties between Iran and France.

“The new round of cooperation should lead to joint investment and transfer of technology,” Nematzadeh was quoted as saying by IRNA on Monday.

He said Iran sets no limitation on the activities of European companies, including French firms but insists that products should be made inside the country.

Meanwhile, the French official reiterated that Paris seeks to broker long-term economic ties with Iran through setting up joint ventures.

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