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Iran to open trade office in Qatar


TEHRAN: Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi said on arrival from Qatar trip on Wednesday that Tehran was going to open a trade office in Doha and that the two countries have agreed to remove trade, economic, and investment obstacles.

Raisi was in Qatar for a two-day visit. He took part in the 6th Summit of Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) and met with the emir of Qatar and other heads and officials of participating countries.

The trip had two major goals: one, strengthening mutual trust and cooperation with neighboring countries; two, increasing Iran’s share of regional economy and trade, the President told reporters on arrival at Tehran.

He said that he and the emir of Qatar signed 14 MoUs and tasked their respective administrations to follow up implementation of them.

Raisi said that he had a meeting with Qatari businesses during which the industry ministers of Iran and Qatar were tasked with identifying and removing trade, economic and investment obstacles between the two countries.

The President also mentioned his meetings with the heads of GECF states on the sidelines of the summit where they had discussed bilateral ties and regional and international cooperation.

He promised to offer periodical reports to the Iranian people so that they can be hopeful of the outcomes of such trips.

Meanwhile, Qatar and Iran have signed 14 agreements during President Ebrahim Raisi’s two-day trip to Doha.

On economy and trade, an agreement was signed between the two countries’ free trade zone authorities while another was between the Institute of Standards and Industrial Research of Iran and its Qatari counterpart.

An agreement on tourism, a two-year agreement on sports and youth, and one on education were also signed while an energy deal was reached between Iran’s Tavanir and Qatar’s Electricity and Water Company.

Three agreements on ports and maritime affairs included one on maritime transport, one between the two countries’ port authorities, and another on an idea to connect Iran and Qatar via an underwater tunnel were also reached.

Two more agreements dealt with culture and media; one was a two-year deal for cultural cooperation with the other outlining television and radio cooperation.

Lastly, three agreements were signed on consular and diplomatic cooperation.

The first details visa waivers for diplomatic trips, another covers “political consultations” on issues of joint interest between the two countries’ foreign ministries while the third agreement, between the foreign ministries’ research centres, relates to “political education” and research.

No further details of the agreements and their timelines were shared.

According to Iranian media, Raisi also met a group of Qatari businesspeople and investors, and called for the establishment of a joint business centre in Doha that would facilitate investments.

“These agreements must be implemented,” Raisi added. “My colleagues in the government will follow up on this and Qatar’s emir also tasked his top officials to quickly pursue implementation of these agreements.”

Raisi and the Qatari emir also discussed the Vienna talks to restore Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which Qatar has supported, and other regional issues of joint interest, including Palestine. Iran and Qatar have grown closer since the 2017 blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations and have maintained ties since the blockade was lifted early last year.


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