Germany to Keep on Cooperating With Iran
TEHRAN – German Ambassador to Tehran Michael Klor-Berchtold says the U.S. sanctions against Iran are illegal and Germany regardless of sanctions will keep on cooperating with Iran.
The German ambassador on Tuesday met Deputy Industry, Mine and Trade Minister Sadeq Najafi and explored ways for enhancing cooperation.
In the meeting, Klor-Berchtold criticized the U.S. for reimposing sanctions and called it “illegal”, adding that Germany will continue cooperating with Iran.
He added that Germany is fully aware of woes which are created by the U.S. government but it is committed to the JCPOA and it will not follow the U.S. path.
Klor-Berchtold pointed to the recent agreement which was signed between Iran and Germany, adding that it is a good ground for continuing cooperation.
He went on to say that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are very crucial in the business and Germany’s economy mostly relies on the SMEs and it welcomes cooperation between Iranian and German SMEs.
He reiterated Iran’s investment on the SME is a good and wise decision, adding that innovation comes out of the SMEs and they understand the market very well.
Najafi, for his part, said that sanctions are no new things for Iran and Iran is used to it, adding that he hoped Germany would stand by Iran during the sanctions era.
He also claimed that SMEs almost form 90 percent of industries in the country and Iran expects Germany to support those industries in this critical condition.
Najafi underlined the significance of training, education and using modern technologies and called for boosting educational cooperation between Iran and Germany as well as holding the GIZ courses for owners of the SMEs which have been useful for the country. He noted that he expects German Embassy in Tehran to assign somebody or some section to cooperate with Iranian SMEs. He also called for easing visa process for participation of Iranian SMEs in the exhibitions or short term educational and training courses which are held in Germany.
Najafi reiterated that if the private sectors of both countries get closer together, the ground will be paved for boosting bilateral trade.