Saturday, March 09, 2013

Bilateral Relations: Basque government calls for expansion of ties with Iran

Source: IRNA

Madrid, March 9, IRNA – Head of local government of Basque called for more ties and cooperation between the autonomous state in the north of Spain with Iran.

According to the report of Iran's embassy in Madrid on Friday, Inigo Urkullu made the remarks in a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Spain Morteza Saffari Natanzi in Vitoria city, capital of Basque.

He expounded on economic and trade abilities of the state and said,' Our policy is to expand activities of small and medium size businesses and in this concern we intend to pave the way for their activities in foreign countries.'

In this direction, political officials of the state have special priority for expansion of ties with the Middle Eastern countries, including Iran.

Saffari, for his part, referred to 600 years of ties between the two countries and said participation of more than 2,000 Spanish companies in Iran's market is a sign of importance of this market for Spanish trade and industry sectors.

He went on to say that the two sides are pleased with such interactions and called for development of commercial relations.

The ambassador underlined importance of contacts between people in Iran and Basque state, especially in cultural, sport and academic programs to promote knowledge of the both nations about each other.

In his visit to Basque, the ambassador also met with state parliament speaker as well as a number of senior directors of companies .