Iran’s FM to discuss economy, politics in Spain
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.14
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to Spain to discuss political and economic issues with Spanish officials.
The two sides will discuss relations with the EU, political developments in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as bilateral economic ties, Iran's IRNA news agency reported April 14.
Speaking to reporters in Madrid, Zarif said that clashes in Yemen and the presence of terrorist groups in the regions are among the common concerns of the global community.
He said that trade ties between Iran and European countries, especially with Spain, have decreased as a result of the sanctions against Iran, adding that he will continue discussions to boost the economic ties.
According to Iranian Embassy in Spain, Zarif will meet and confer with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, Speaker of Congress of Deputies Jesus Posada, and Minister of Economy and Competitiveness Luis de Guindos.
Spain was the 22nd most important importer of Iranian goods in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, according to the Iranian Customs Administration.
The annual non-oil trade between Iran and Spain amounted to $360 million in the previous year. Spain exported $184.6 million worth of non-oil goods to Iran and imported $175.3 million worth of non-oil goods from the country in the past year.
Edited by CN