Slovakia is keen to improve its economic, social and cultural relations with Iran, said the European country’s visiting Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Peter Kazimir on Monday at a joint forum attended by Slovak and Iranian economic traders in Mashhad, the capital of Khorasan Razavi Province.
According to the Slovak official, his two-day Iran visit aims to bolster economic ties in the sectors of transportation, clean energies and automotive industries.
“Iran’s considerable potential in foreign trade is one of the strengths of the country and Slovakia is determined to raise bilateral commercial trade from the current €14 million to €50 million in the next couple of years,” Kazimir said.
“Bratislava is willing to cooperate with Khorasan Razavi in the automotive industry, as the Iranian province plays an instrumental role in the Iranian automotive industry.”
Noting that Slovakia is totally dependent on foreign resources, Russia in particular, to meet its energy needs, Kazimir said Iran can become a major oil and gas exporter to the European country.
Kazimir and his accompanying 40-member trade delegation are scheduled to meet with Iran’s economy and oil ministers during the second leg of their two-day Iran visit in Tehran.
Source: The Financial Tribune