Polish, Spain FMs to visit Iran

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 28

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski will visit Tehran on March 1, Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Facebook page on Feb. 28.

This is the first Polish foreign minister's visit to Iran in 10 years.

On Feb. 24, ISNA news agency quoted Polish Ambassador to Iran Juliusz Jacek Gojl as saying "Our Foreign Minister is visiting Iran to see what is happening in Iran in the 'new' era".

During the three-day visit, the 20- strong delegation of Polish business people and traders headed by Sikorski will explore new investment opportunities in Iran and boost Tehran-Warsaw ties," he added.

Sikorski will also meet with officials of the Iranian Ministry Industry, Mine and Trade.

Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo also is scheduled to pay a visit to Tehran on March 1, Zarif added.

Garcia-Margallo was invited to visit Iran by Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Ali Najafi during an official visit to Spain in late January.

The two sides discussed a common bilateral agenda, as well as some international and regional issues during Najafi`s vist.

Iran and Spain have enjoyed amicable ties for centuries based on mutual understanding.

The volume of the trade exchanges between the two countries amounted to four billion euros in 2011, while the figure stood at 3.5 billion euros in 2009.

Iran's ambassador to Madrid Morteza Saffari said on April 24, 2013 that Iran-Spain trade accounted for 1.7 billion euros during the last Iranian calendar year (ended March 21, 2013).

Saffari claimed that western sanctions over the Iranian nuclear programme have hurt Spain's economy more than Iran.

The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon, something Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical research instead.

Iran and the P5+1 reached a nuclear agreement on November 24, 2013. Iran has agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities for six months in return for sanctions relief. Iran and the P5+1 group have agreed to implement the agreement starting from Jan. 20.

Edited by S.M.

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