0156 GMT November 27, 2021
Italian companies have always had positive views about cooperation with the Iranian side, Mahmoudreza Radbooy told IRNA in an exclusive interview on Monday.
The diplomat elaborated on the history of Iran-Italy economic ties, economic relations in the post-Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) era, and economic diplomacy taken by the new Iranian government.
The aim behind economic diplomacy is to make use of foreign relations' existing capacities for maximizing profits of national economy, he said.
The commercial attaché added that attention to economic diplomacy has increased in the new Iranian government as Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has underlined the importance of supporting private sectors for having interactions with other countries.
Radbooy described "exports" as one of the main ways to tackle the tough economic conditions.
He also stressed the need to plan for the post-sanctions era.
Touching upon Tehran-Rome relations, the diplomat said the two enjoy economic relations based on mutual understanding and confidence.
Italy has been Iran's first European trade partner for years, he underlined.
Iran welcomes progress in relations, particularly in economic ties, with Italy, he added.
Shifting to the JCPOA, which was signed by Iran and the six world powers in July 2015, the diplomat said Italy was not among the signatories but has always supported the deal.
Although a large number of Italian companies left Iran after the US withdrawal from the deal in May 2018, some are still in Iran, and this is appreciable, Radbooy noted.
Further, he appreciated Italy for sending 1.6 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Iran.
After the JCPOA, economic relations between Iran and Italy were promoted, but the continuation of the sanctions did seriously damage trade exchanges between the two countries, he added.
He also referred to the Iran-Italy Joint Chamber of Commerce with 5,000 members as the biggest joint economic chamber that Iran has with other countries.