Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 5
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Italy aims to expand ties with Iran more and sooner, said Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
Italy is currently negotiating with Iranian economic enterprises and industries, which will lead to the transfer of technology and capital to Iran and the expansion of its communication and road networks, as well as its oil and gas industries, Iran's Shana news agency quoted Gentiloni as saying August 5.
Gentiloni made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Wednesday.
Gentiloni has invited Rouhani to visit Rome as well.
Italian Economic Development Minister Federica Guidi was also present in the meeting.
Rouhani said for his part that there is no barrier for Iran and Italy to enhance bilateral ties. The two countries can boost cooperation in political, economic, cultural, scientific, and tourism sectors, he noted.
There are lots of areas for attracting foreign investment in Iran, especially in energy, banking, industry, transportation, and health sectors, Rouhani said.
He also emphasized the need for collaboration to establish security and fight against terrorism in the region, adding that the threat of terrorism is not belonged to a certain region.
In the wake of the nuclear deal, Iran wants to use all its capacities to promote peace and stability in the region, Rouhani added.
Iran-Italy's trade turnover is about $1.5 billion, but Iran's Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Ali Tayyebnia said during a meeting with Gentiloni that Iran is keen that the volume doubles.
Edited by CN