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Iran's trade not limited to Europe
Tue, 13 Apr 2010 04:30:42 GMT
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Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says Tehran has many options for its trade relations in the world.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says European countries are not the Islamic Republic's only economic partners in the world.

"During the past four years, the Asian continent has turned into Iran's first trade partner among other regions in the world," Mottaki told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Monday.

"Iran has not put all the eggs of its economic relations in the basket of the Europeans," he added.

He noted that Iran has decentralized its foreign economic relations from a sole area to all parts of the world.

He said that the country's economic diplomacy is high on the agenda of the Foreign Ministry, adding, "During the four-year term of the 9th Iranian government, Tehran has always laid emphasis on creation of new capacities in its foreign trade, including non-oil exports, as well as marketing for Iranian companies willing to invest in other countries."

Mottaki said that Iran's non-oil exports have reached $22 billion from $8 billion since the beginning of the ninth government.

The Iranian Foreign Minister said the adoption of new policies have caused Iranian firms to implement projects in different fields such as energy, pipeline, irrigation, dam construction and power generation in different countries.

He added that Iranian companies are also building industrial sites for car and tractor production in many foreign countries.


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