Free Trade Zones

Tehran, Doha discuss expanding trade ties

TEHRAN- During a meeting between Alireza Peyman-Pak, the head of the Iranian Trade Promotion Organization (TPO), and Ahmed Ahen, the director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Qatar, the two sides explored ways of expanding trade relations between the two countries.

Ministry of Trade and Industry of Qatar, the two sides explored ways of expanding trade relations between the two countries.

In the mentioned meeting held on Thursday at TPO in Tehran, the two sides also discussed pivots of trade and industrial cooperation between Iran and Qatar, which are to be explored in the eighth meeting of the economic committee. between the two countries, which is to be held in Doha next month.

Iran and Qatar have signed six memorandums of understanding to cooperate in various fields of transportation, including air and sea, as well as in preparations for the 2022 World Cup.

The MoUs were endorsed by Iranian Minister of Transport and Urban Development Rostam Qasemi and Qatari Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti on Kish Island in southern Iran, the April 11.

The documents included an agreement previously approved by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during his visit to Qatar, as well as three memorandums of understanding on cooperation on air transport, a memorandum of understanding on maritime transport and a document on cooperation on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

As mentioned, the maritime agreement was signed by the heads of the maritime organizations of the two countries.

At the head of a high-ranking delegation, Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti arrived on the island of Kish on April 10 to meet with his Iranian counterpart.

During the talks, the two sides discussed cooperation in various fields, including collaboration in free trade zones, and also finalized some previously reached agreements on economic cooperation.

During his meeting with Qasemi, Al Sulaiti also expressed his country’s readiness to expand maritime ties with Iran’s southern coastal provinces.

He pointed out that Iran is one of the most important and influential countries in the region, saying: “The 2022 World Cup is not exclusive to Qatar and we intend to use the capabilities of all the countries of the region in this regard”.

Qasemi for his part referred to the signing of 14 memorandums of understanding between the two countries during President Raisi’s visit to Doha, and stressed: “[implementing] the Memorandum of Understanding on maritime cooperation between the two countries and the facilitation of trade and tourism are among the most important issues currently being discussed.

Stating that Iran’s coastal provinces can have significant trade with Qatari ports, the official added that Imam Khomeini International Port in Khuzestan province can be a big source and destination of trade goods with Qatar.