Tehran, Warsaw Sign MoU on Bilateral Consultations

Tehran, Warsaw Sign MoU on Bilateral ConsultationsTehran, Warsaw Sign MoU on Bilateral Consultations

Tehran and Warsaw signed a memorandum of understanding to chart a new course for bilateral consultations to pave the way for closer cooperation.  

The agreement was signed by Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Polish counterpart Witold Waszczykowski after their meeting in the polish capital on Sunday.

"The document is a framework for regular bilateral consultations to prepare the ground for cooperation between the two countries in the political, economic and cultural spheres," IRNA reported.

In the meeting, the two high-ranking diplomats reviewed ways of promoting economic cooperation, particularly in the domains of energy and banking, in addition to discussions on Middle East conflicts and Europe's refugee crisis.  

Speaking in a joint press conference after signing the agreement, Zarif said the long history of relations between the two states and their huge capacities have boosted hopes of increased cooperation.  

"There are areas in which we can work to promote stability and security in the world. We can also enter into economic cooperation in various fields," he said.

The top diplomat pointed to the delegation accompanying him in the trip to Poland, which comprises a large number of businessmen, and said it shows that the Iranian private sector, as a key driving force behind the country's economic activities, firmly believes in the huge potential for collaboration between the two countries.

"I'm sure that [the realization of] of the wish of our ambassador [to Poland] for reaching $1 billion of trade is within reach," he said.

  Part of the Solution

Waszczykowski, a former Polish ambassador in Tehran, said his country attaches high importance to relations with Iran, a key player in the international arena and West Asia.

The Polish foreign minister said Iran has never been part of the problem in the world, but it has been part of the solution.

Pointing to the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which was concluded last July and went into effect in January, Waszczykowski welcomed the removal of sanctions that had had cut Tehran's access to the global financial system.

"I'm very happy that after years of sanctions and restrictions on Iran, it is now coming back to the international stage and playing a major role," he said, hoping that the deal will help open a new chapter in bilateral relations.

Annual trade between Poland and Iran has stood at just $70 million in recent years due to international sanctions.

Zarif flew to Warsaw on Sunday to meet senior Polish officials and deliver an address to a Polish-Iranian business forum.

It was the first leg of his four-country tour of Northern Europe. He was to leave Poland late on Monday for Finland and then Sweden before winding up his trip in Latvia on Thursday.