Iran keen to expand ties with Europe

Iran keen to expand ties with Europe
# 13 December 2013 00:56 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Iran has willingness to bolster cooperation with the European countries, particularly the Slovak Republic, Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said on Thursday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"As one of the most developed countries in the region, the Islamic republic is willing to expand economic, commercial and banking cooperation with the European countries," Jahangiri was quoted as saying by Press TV.

Making the remarks in a meeting with the visiting Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico in Tehran, Jahangiri expressed hope that the implementation of the agreements already signed between Tehran and Bratislava on dropping double taxation and supporting bilateral investment would lay the ground for further enhancement of economic ties.

For his part, the Slovak Prime Minister praised the relations between Iran and Slovakia, saying his country is ready to broaden Tehran-Bratislava cooperation in energy, trade, economic, banking and parliamentary areas.

He also congratulated Iran on inking a nuclear deal with the six major world powers - the United States, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany - in Geneva on Nov. 24, saying the accord would create a good atmosphere for the expansion of Iran-Europe cooperation.

On Wednesday, Iran released two other Slovak nationals arrested in June on charges of possessing illegal equipment and violating the Islamic republic's law.

In September, Iran released six of the eight Slovak nationals, who "had traveled to Iran as tourists, but they had unconventional behavior and equipment," according to the Foreign Ministry. Local media said the Slovak citizens were detained in Iran in June 2013 for taking pictures of military installations from a hang glider and were charged with spying.

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