Tim Fischer Deputy PM Says Australian Companies Ready to Invest in Iran

March 3, 1999 - 0:0
TEHRAN The visiting Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade Tim Fischer here Monday said that Australian private companies are ready to make joint investments in the Islamic Republic. Making the remark in a meeting with Minister of Construction Jihad Mohammad Saeedi-Kia, he voiced his country's interests to further promote economic and trade relations with Iran. Referring to the activities of Australian companies in the area of dairy products in the Middle East region, he said that the companies are ready to exchange experience and technical know-how with Iran. As to imports of crude oil from Iran by the Australian companies, he expressed the hope that a large amount of the Iranian oil will enter his country as of next year.

Fischer also announced his government's readiness to exchange scientific and technical experiences in livestock and veterinary fields. Referring to Iran's potentials in producing livestock products, the Iranian minister said that the Islamic Republic has reached self-sufficiency in the field of producing meat, chicken and dairy products. On the country's potentials in producing shrimp, he said that some 2,500-3,000 tons of shrimp is annually exported from Iran to different countries.

Australian deputy prime minister also in a meeting with Majlis Speaker Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri here on Tuesday called for further expansion of Tehran-Canberra ties and their cooperation in tourism and investment in Central Asian republics. Fischer said that Iran's constitution guarantees rights of religious minorities, and further noted that women have an active role in the political, social and economic activities in the country.

Hojjatoleslam Nateq Nouri, expressing dissatisfaction with the present level of economic cooperation between Tehran and Canberra, called for joint efforts to boost the cooperation and also to strike a balance in the bilateral relations. Concluding his remarks, Hojjatoleslam Nateq-Nouri regretted that human rights has been turned into a tool in the hands of Western countries to put pressure on the countries opposing Western policies.