Swedish am­bas­sador: Iran, Swe­den strength­en­ing ties

Iran Daily - - Domestic Economy -

“Swedish car mak­ers are look­ing for strong eco­nomic part­ners to man­u­fac­ture pas­sen­ger cars in Iran. If they man­age to find such part­ners, they would highly likely es­tab­lish a pres­ence in the Ira­nian mar­ket.”

San­ge­land also pointed to Iran’s ties with Europe af­ter the 2015 nu­clear deal was signed.

The am­bas­sador said Euro­pean na­tions have ex­panded ties with Tehran in all fields since then.

Iran and the five per­ma­nent mem­bers of the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil — the US, the UK, France, Rus­sia, China and Ger­many signed the nu­clear agree­ment known as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA) on July 14, 2015. They started im­ple­ment­ing the ac­cord on Jan­uary 16, 2016.

Un­der the ac­cord, Tehran un­der­took to put lim­its on its nu­clear pro­gram in ex­change for the re­moval of nu­clear-re­lated sanc­tions.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who had re­peat­edly railed against the JCPOA, quit the deal in May, which has drawn strong con­dem­na­tion from other sig­na­to­ries to the deal.

His ad­min­is­tra­tion has threat­ened to im­pose sanc­tions on Euro­pean com­pa­nies that do busi­ness in Iran fol­low­ing his with­drawal from the deal.

Fur­ther in her re­marks, the Swedish am­bas­sador said Iran and Swe­den will hold their sev­enth eco­nomic com­mis­sion two weeks from now.

Am­bas­sador San­ge­land said the two sides will hold a joint com­mis­sion on women’s rights in Tehran next month. Ex­perts from the Caspian states will meet in As­tana on June 18-19 to dis­cuss the texts of agree­ments on trans­porta­tion and trade prior to the up­com­ing sum­mit of heads of Caspian states which is sched­uled to be held in Ak­tau, Kaza­khstan in Au­gust.

Speak­ing to re­porters on Tues­day, Kaza­khstan’s First Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Mukhtar Tleu­berdi said the date of the sum­mit has not yet been fixed and no in­vi­ta­tions have been sent, re­ported Trend News Agency.

“We are wait­ing for of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion from all par­tic­i­pants of their readi­ness to hold the sum­mit,” Tleu­berdi ex­plained.

He noted that the de­ci­sion to hold the sum­mit in Ak­tau, not in As­tana, as pre­vi­ously planned, was made due to the fact that “the last two sum­mits were held in Baku and As­trakhan, and ac­cord­ingly, we also de­cided that the sum­mit should take place on the Caspian coast”.

“The agenda of the sum­mit is to dis­cuss co­op­er­a­tion in the Caspian Sea, and it is ex­pected to sign five to six agree­ments on trans­port, trade and eco­nomic re­la­tions, and their fi­nal texts are be­ing agreed now,” Tleu­berdi said.

He added that the draft Con­ven­tion on the le­gal sta­tus of the Caspian Sea will be pre­sented to the pres­i­dents of the Caspian coun­tries.

“It will be sub­mit­ted to the heads of states for dis­cus­sion, and the ex­pert group will re­port on the sta­tus of this doc­u­ment,” he said.

The Con­ven­tion on the le­gal sta­tus of the Caspian Sea is a five-party doc­u­ment be­tween Kaza­khstan, Azer­bai­jan, Rus­sia, Turk­menistan and Iran. The sta­tus of the Caspian Sea re­mains a key topic of dis­cus­sion at the sum­mits of the states of the re­gion.

The pres­i­dents of the five coun­tries met for the first time in 2002 in Ash­ga­bat, Turk­menistan. The sec­ond Caspian sum­mit was held in Tehran in 2007, the third in Baku, Azer­bai­jan in 2010, and the fourth in As­trakhan, Rus­sia, in 2014.

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