Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 9
By Elnur Baghishov - Trend:
Australia is willing to expand port and maritime cooperation with Iran, Australian Ambassador to Tehran Ian Biggs said, Trend reports via Fars News.
The ambassador made the remarks while visiting Shahid Rajaee Port in Iran.
Given the capacities of the port, Australia is interested in boosting maritime exchanges with Iran, Biggs said.
He also said that his visit to Hormozgan province mainly aimed at getting familiar with its trade capacities, maritime industries, free and special economic zones.
The Australian ambassador said that this part of Iran enjoys various capacities for establishing joint cooperation between two countries.
It will be affective in facilitating trade relations, he added.
Biggs also held talks on the conditions of the international interactions between Iran and Australia.
Meanwhile, Managing Director of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Organization Allah Morad Afifipour briefed the Australian envoy on Shahid Rajaee Port’s capacities and also its latest operational achievements.
Referring to the fact that the Iranian port has relations with 80 international ports, Afifipour said its container terminal is under construction and will boost its capacities to 8 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) within three years.
He went on to say that Shahid Rajaee Port has the capacity of loading and unloading over 100 million tons oil and non-oil products annually.
It is regarded as the main exports port for mineral materials, he said, adding that transporting 20 million tons of minerals is among its achievements.