Bos­nian traders call for broad­en­ing ties with Iran

Iran Daily - - Domestic Economy -

Bos­nian traders in a meet­ing with Ira­nian Am­bas­sador to Sara­jevo Mah­moud Hei­dari called for ex­pan­sion of mu­tual eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion. Dur­ing the meet­ing, busi­ness­men of Bos­nia’s Unasana Can­ton Prov­ince ex­pressed their readi­ness es­tab­lish co­op­er­a­tion with Ira­nian com­pa­nies, IRNA re­ported.

The Prime Min­is­ter of Una-sana Can­ton Hu­sein Rošić who was present in the meet­ing ex­pressed will­ing­ness to co­op­er­ate with Iran in the ¿elds of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, wood in­dus­try and tourism.

The Ira­nian am­bas­sador, for his part, elab­o­rated on Iran’s eco­nomic ca­pac­i­ties and ex­pressed readi­ness for

Such pro­hi­bi­tion is im­posed to pre­vent vi­o­la­tion of cus­toms’ rules and it is not re­lated to the US sanc­tions against Iran, Alikhani added.

On Septem­ber 15, me­dia re­leased a copy of a let­ter which was signed by the di­rec­tor of Farah Cus­toms, show­ing Afghanistan has im­posed re­stric­tions on im­ports of oil prod­ucts, ce­ment, iron, ce­ram­ics and tiles from the Ira­nian north­east­ern re­gion where shares border with western Afghan Farah Prov­ince.

Elab­o­rat­ing on the is­sue, Alikhani said that although Afghan and Ira­nian cus­toms of¿ces are sys­tem­at­i­cally con­nected to each other, and the of¿cials at the Afghan cus­toms can watch on­line in­for­ma­tion about ex­ports from and im­ports to the coun­try, Farah Cus­toms is not con­nected to the sys­tem, so some Afghan busi­nessper­sons do not give full re­port on their im­ports in or­der to pay lower cus­toms tar­iffs.

He fur­ther said that the im­ports from Iran are un­der­way through Afghan Dogharun and Nim­ruz bor­ders.

The of¿cial added that Iran’s am­bas­sador and com­mer­cial at­taché to Afghanistan are fol­low­ing up the case.

Mean­while, com­ment­ing on the same is­sue, Iran’s Cus­tom Ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced in a state­ment on Sun­day that the rea­son be­hind re­stric­tion of im­ports of Ira­nian prod­ucts to Afghanistan through Farah border is not clear yet.

It added the ex­porters can now dis­patch their prod­ucts to the neigh­bor­ing coun­try via other joint bor­ders. Iran’s ex­ported some $2.5 bil­lion worth of goods to Afghanistan last year. broad­en­ing of re­la­tions with Bos­nia’s im­por­tant cities.

In Fe­bru­ary 2016, Bos­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Igor Cr­nadak said that his coun­try is de­ter­mined to re­vive its for­mer eco­nomic ties with Iran.

Speak­ing at a joint press con­fer­ence in Tehran with his Ira­nian coun­ter­part Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif, Cr­nadak said the two sides have al­ways had great ties and that to­day more than ever they are de­ter­mined to ex­pand on that.

“We dis­cussed many ways on eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion. We be­lieve good eco­nomic re­la­tions could also ren­der greater diplo­matic ties. We are de­lighted to have our Ira­nian part­ners in our in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment projects. This will hap­pen soon,” he added.

The Bos­nian for­eign min­is­ter said the two sides could also co­op­er­ate in travel and tourism, adding that his coun­try will fully sup­port pri­vate travel agen­cies to this end.

“We also dis­cussed com­mon chal­lenges, joint ed­u­ca­tional and cul­tural pro­grams, as well as in­tro­duc­tion of eas­ier visa pro­grams in or­der to boost bi­lat­eral re­la­tions,” he noted.

Zarif, for his part, re­ferred to the re­la­tions be­tween Tehran and Sara­jevo, and added that the two sides are will­ing to ex­pand bi­lat­eral ties in var­i­ous ¿elds in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and bank­ing ar­eas.


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