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With sanctions gone, Iran kicks off EU trade drive in Poland

Javad Zarif

Iran’s foreign minister kicked off an EU trade drive in Poland on Sunday, in one of Tehran’s first moves to drum up business with the West after the lifting of sanctions earlier this year.

Javad Zarif is also expected to travel to EU members Finland, Sweden before winding up his trip in Latvia on June 2.

“I’m convinced that our (Warsaw) ambassador’s wish for our annual bilateral turnover to reach one billion dollars will come true,” Zarif told a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart Witold Waszczykowski.

Annual bilateral trade between Poland and Iran has stood at around just $70 million (62 million euros) in recent years due to international sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme.

Sanctions were lifted under the historic nuclear deal that Iran signed with world powers last year and which came into force in January.

Iran has since launched a campaign to boost trade, and major Western powers said on May 20 that they back doing business with Tehran.

Travelling with a mostly private sector Iranian business delegation in tow, Zarif is due to attend a Polish-Iranian business forum in Warsaw on Monday.


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