Re­port: Czech-ira­nian re­la­tions set to be re­stored at top level

Iran Daily - - Domestic Economy -

Iran is one of the world mar­kets that ev­ery­one wanted re­cently to get a share of and with the prospect of Western sanc­tions be­ing lifted, oil and gas ex­ports picked up signi¿cantly and im­ports be­gan rolling in.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s of­ten voiced reser­va­tions about the nu­clear deal with Iran, which paved the way for the thaw in the mar­ket, could prove a prob­lem for that trade sce­nario but Trump’s threats still have to take ef­fect, ra­ re­ported.

And the Czech Repub­lic, although not per­haps among the lead­ers in moves to land some of those or­ders, has none­the­less been very ac­tive in po­si­tion­ing it­self in Iran.

Full scale di­plo­matic re­la­tions between Prague and Tehran now ap­pear on the verge of be­ing re­stored, ac­cord­ing to the Czech busi­ness daily, Hospodářské Noviny.

Within weeks the two coun­tries should con¿rm their re­spec­tive am­bas­sadors who will then take up their posts, the pa­per added. It added that the ex­pe­ri­enced di­plo­mat and head of the cur­rent Czech of¿ce in Tehran, Svato­pluk Čumba, has al­ready been given the nod by the Ira­ni­ans to take up the post. The process should be com­pleted by the end of the year.

Czech trade del­e­ga­tions have al­ready headed for Iran ahead of the com­plete lift­ing of sanc­tions and proof that Ira­nian com­pa­nies can ¿nance the im­ports that they des­per­ately need.

In Jan­uary, lead­ing trac­tor pro­ducer Ze­tor an­nounced a con­tract to de­liver 250 ve­hi­cles to Iran. An or­der for 400 buses is in the ne­go­ti­at­ing process by the bus man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany SOR Libchavy, ac­cord­ing to the busi­ness pa­per.

And, of course, the Czech Repub­lic’s big­gest man­u­fac­turer and ex­porter, Škoda Auto, is look­ing to get its foot in the door in the Ira­nian car mar­ket where pent up de­mand is thought to be mas­sive.


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