|Switzerland eager for closer trade ties with Iran: Envoy||
In a meeting with Head of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) Gholam Hossein Shafe’ee, Haas described Switzerland as one of the main European trade partners of Iran, noting that Bern-Tehran trade exchanges must further enhance given the existing potentials in both countries.
Shafe’ee, for his part, said that Iran is eager to utilize Switzerland’s stable and market-based economy and improve its trade volume with the Central European country.
Official figures show that Switzerland’s exports to Iran totaled nearly USD 1.9 billion in the ten-month period ending on January 31, 2014.
According to official figures released by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, Switzerland exported as much as 2.6 million tons of commodities to Iran during the ten-month time frame, topping the list of European exporters to Iran.
The Swiss Federal Council said in a statement on January 29 that it had lifted a ban on precious metal trade with Iranian public bodies and eased restrictions on trade in petrochemical products, and the transport of Iranian oil and petroleum products in accordance with the Geneva nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.
Under the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed last November, Iran agreed to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities as a confidence-building measure and the six world powers - the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia - undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief.
(Source: Press TV)
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