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FM Zarif, Finnish Trade Minister Meet in Helsinki

Iran’s Minster of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif has held a meeting with Finland’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari in Helsinki.

 

Iran’s Minster of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif has held a meeting with Finland’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari in Helsinki.

In the Monday meeting, the Finnish Minster described his country’s rotating presidency of the European Union as an opportunity for expansion of business and economic cooperation between Iran and Finland.

“Finland hopes that economic cooperation between the two countries would increase, and we deeply regret that the US has withdrawn from the JCPOA and that it has had consequences for the Iranian people’s lives,” he said

 

"We are worried about the escalation of tensions; however, Finland’s role as the president of the European Union will be constructive in the reduction of tensions,” Ville Skinnari said.

“There are opportunities and grounds for mutual cooperation between the two countries, as in the ICT sector and academic cooperation, and the prospect of growing bilateral ties through poly-technical cooperation between Iran and Finland is bright,” he added.

The Iranian Foreign Minister, in turn, said, “Finland, by holding the rotating presidency of the EU, can be helpful in implementing the nuclear deal and normalizing Iran’s trade relations. Also within the framework of the JCPOA, the businesspeople and economic activists have had higher expectations from Europe.”

"The US’ unilateral measures will not be limited to Iran, and have also targeted the other European partners. In order to counter the unilateral measures and mitigate the effects of US economic war against Iran, which affect people directly, there are approaches such as boosting bilateral trade and exercising multilateral interaction in the form of initiatives like the INSTEX,” he added.

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