0241 GMT March 03, 2021
In a meeting with an Iranian vice president, Markus Leitner said Swiss companies seek to invest in Iran, Tasnim News Agency reported.
He also called for the removal of customs-related obstacles to promote trade with the Islamic Republic.
In spite of the US sanctions, several Swiss companies are willing to make investments in Iran, Leitner added.
In May 2018, former US president, Donald Trump, pulled his country out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed between Iran and the P5+1 in July 2015, and reimposed Washington’s unilateral sanctions on Tehran as part of his administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against the Islamic Republic to bring it to the negotiating table and hammer out a new nuclear deal. Although the sanctions have mainly targeted Iran’s oil and banking sectors as well as foreign trade, they failed to produce favorable results thanks to Iranian people’s maximum resistance.
Speaking at the meeting, the Iranian vice president, Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, hailed the recent negotiations between the two countries’ presidents as a sign of mutual trust.
Nobakht, who is also the head of the Plan and Budget Organization, praised Switzerland for maintaining good and logical relations with Iran.
“The sun of sanctions is setting and the sun of cooperation is rising,” he added, expressing hope for broadened cooperation between Tehran and Bern.
In a telephone conversation with his Swiss counterpart, Guy Parmelin, last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hailed the historical and deep ties between the two states, stressing that it is necessary to develop and deepen the relations within the framework of a joint cooperation roadmap.