Director General of the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security for International Affairs Hamed Forouzan made the remark in a meeting with Serbian Ambassador to Tehran Dragan Todorović on Wednesday, IRNA reported.
Referring to long-term political and international relations between Serbia and Iran, Forouzan noted that a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) on job creation and vocational cooperation is being finalized and that another MoU on social security is being prepared, which would be inked hopefully concurrent with a visit by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić to Iran.
The Iranian official also invited the Serbian ambassador to pay a visit to the Social Security Investment Company of Iran (SHASTA), adding that the meeting with the ambassador can help facilitate cooperation between Serbian and Iranian economic and trade groups.
Forouzan underlined that the Islamic Republic of Iran expects Serbia to support Tehran in international organizations.
Todorović, for his part, said that the joint meeting has been held to evaluate the current situation in order to pave the way for the expansion of trade ties in different fields such as agriculture and tourism.
Emphasizing on the need for facilitating issuance of visa for businessmen of both countries, the ambassador said that the main obstacle to the expansion of trade relationship is problems concerning banking transactions.
He expressed hope that resolving political issues would pave the way for feasible trade and banking cooperation.
Statistics indicate that trade ties between Serbia and Iran have been boosted in recent years. The economic exchanges stood at $52.3 million in 2018. Iran exported goods worth $42.4 million to Serbia in that year.