Dispatching Iran’s commercial attaché to US-not impossible

Business Materials 28 November 2015 16:34 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 28

By Umid Niayesh- Trend:

An official with Iran's Trade Promotion Organization says dispatching commercial attaché to the United States is not impossible however it needs political decision.

Sending commercial attaché to the US is related to political relations, a subject to the high-levels decision-making bodies, Reza Abbasqoli said, ISNA news agency reported Nov. 28.

"The Iranian foreign ministry must make decision on the level of trade relations with the US."

Iran would send commercial attaché to the US if the issue is economically and politically justified, he added.

The official further said that no commercial envoy has been sent to the EU countries so far, adding Germany, Italy, France and Spain are among the European destinations of the Iranian commercial envoys.

Iran has already dispatched 30 commercial attaches to foreign countries, Abbasqoli said.

Earlier in October Valiollah Afkhamirad, head of Iran's Trade Promotion Organization said Tehran will dispatch commercial attachés to the four European countries in the new future.

In recent months 17 new commercial attaches were dispatched to various countries and nine new officials will be appointed by the end of the current year, he added.

Resolving problems of Iranian businessmen, creating commercial links with decision-makers and officials are the aim of the commercial attachés.

Acquaintance with technical and engineering projects, informing domestic businessmen about news and events in the country of mission, communication with embassies, invitation of chamber of commerce, businessmen and merchants to attend exhibition, conference and holding bilateral meetings are among duties of the Iranian commercial attachés as well.

Last April Aboutaleb Badri, deputy head of Iran's Trade Promotion Organization said that Iran has dispatched commercial attachés to Iraq, Lebanon, China, Azerbaijan, Venezuela, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Pakistan.

He further said that Tunisia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Italy, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Spain, Oman, Iraq, South Korea, China, Nigeria, Kenya and Afghanistan are locations for sending commercial attaché.

In addition to countries, number of attaché would be dispatched to Astrakhan in Russia, Iraqi Kurdistan province, Basra in Iraq and Herat of Afghanistan, Badri added.