News ID: 320254
Published: 0337 GMT February 23, 2022

Raeisi: Iran to open trade office in Qatar

Raeisi: Iran to open trade office in Qatar

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said Iran will open a trade office in Qatar in the near future as he underscored Tehran’s neighborly diplomacy aimed at increasing mutual trust with neighbors.

Raeisi made the remarks upon arriving in Tehran after a two-day visit to Doha, where he attended the 6th Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), Press TV reported.

He said during his trip, the issue of establishing a trade office in Qatar was raised, which should be done quickly.

Issues related to the removal of customs obstacles and issuance of business licenses were also brought up, the president noted, adding Iran’s Industry, Mine and Trade Minister Reza Fatemi-Amin and Qatar’s Commerce and Industry Minister Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari were tasked with taking immediate steps to remove economic, trade, and investment barriers between the two countries.

“The trip was in line with [Tehran’s] neighborly diplomacy, with the two main goals of increasing mutual trust and cooperation with neighbors and [expanding] Iran’s share in the region’s economy and trade,” Raeisi said.

Commenting on his meeting with businessmen in Doha, the Iranian president said they were very interested in making investments as well as conducting economic and trade activities in Iran.

Raeisi arrived in Doha on Monday on an official visit to participate in the 6th GECF Summit and hold talks with senior officials attending the event.

During his visit, he highlighted his administration’s neighbors-first policy, which includes boosting ties with neighbors and increasing interactions with Persian Gulf states.

Raeisi’s Doha visit also led to the signing of 14 major MoUs between the two countries, including economic cooperation agreements and a deal on canceling visa requirements for passengers traveling between the two countries.

Speaking at the GECF Summit on Tuesday, Raeisi called on the ‎international community to prevent the ‎implementation of, and refrain ‎from, recognizing any unilateral and coercive ‎‎measure, such as imposition of cruel U.S. sanctions ‎against the GECF ‎members’ oil and gas industry‎.

The ‎Iranian president added that ‎although, thanks to cognizant and free nations’ presence, resorting to sanctions for imposing a country’s ‎hegemonic will and ‎demands on other independent states fails to be an effective ‎‎strategy in today’s ‎world, it ‎endangers the GECF members’ ‎collective ‎interests, reported.

He noted that Iran, which sits on one of the world’s biggest natural gas reserves, has ‎enormous ‎capacities for producing, transferring and exporting the hydrocarbon ‎‎product and broader participation in ‎ensuring global energy security. ‎

The president emphasized that despite the cruel, unilateral and illegal U.S. sanctions, ‎Iran has managed ‎to raise its ‎gas production and implement valuable big projects in ‎the oil and gas industry’s upstream and ‎downstream sectors by relying on its ‎committed experts’ capabilities, domestic firms’ capacities ‎and homegrown ‎technology.

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi (C) addresses reporters upon arriving in Tehran after a two-day visit to Doha, where he attended the 6th Summit of the Gas ‎Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) on Feb. 23, 2022.



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