Rouhani: Italy Is Iran’s Top Trade Partner

President Rouhani made the remark in a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

“Italy is availed with this opportunity in the post-JCPOA era to turn again Iran’s top trade and economic partner in Europe.”

He said exchange of visits is a turning point in bilateral relations and shows will of the two countries for expansion and consolidation of cooperation. 

He emphasized expansion of cooperation in the economic, scientific and political domains as Iranian and Italian private sectors play a valuable role in that connection. “Iranian and Italian private sectors’ interest in commercial ties should be supported and encouraged by the two governments.”

As for the JCPOA, he said the parties to the agreement should be committed to provide safe haven for Iran’s economic activities. 

The sides should be committed to consolidation of the JCPOA because the issue can help promotion of peace and stability in the region, according to the president. 

He went on to say that the European leaders should provide assurances and guarantees to banks and insurance offices for financial cooperation. “Our nations and companies and the region should benefit from outcomes of the JCPOA.”

Renzi for his part emphasized that Rome is after strengthening all-out ties with Tehran. “We are prepared for any move to cement economic relations.”

He referred to dispatch of a high-ranking Italian delegation to Tehran in the coming months and said as far as banking relations are concerns, Sace of Italy is ready to provide necessary guarantees.

He said assurance to and promotion of entrepreneurs in order for cooperation with Iran is vital for Italy. “As for the JCPOA, we will repeat our commitment and do all we can to promote it.”

He noted that Italy is ready for consultation and cooperation with Iran in regional and international issues.