The incoming ambassador arrived in Tehran on Sunday and had met
Foreign Minister Zarif earlier on Sunday. Mr. Rouhani said that Iran
provided all countries including Portugal economic opportunities
otherwise inaccessible when sanctions were biting the economy and kept
at a distance foreign investments, thus leaving largely untapped Iran’s
large consumer market; “now however, there would be no barrier for
trade with Portugal thanks to conditions crated by JCPOA which opened
Iran to foreign investors and businessmen,” he told the meeting. “We
believe Iran and Portugal have ample opportunities for trade and
advancing bilateral ties to new levels.”
Rouhani’s welcome to Portuguese industries highlights the honor and
glory his administration feels after the JCPOA which brought to Iran
modest economic openings and restored Iran’s image to normalcy;
President Rouhani believed Iran’s energy (oil and gas) and industry
sectors should work with Portuguese economic sectors to boost bilateral
ties ; “there has been a nascent movement forward in bilateral ties,
but we have a long way to go before reaching an optimum level both
countries should achieve,” he told Portuguese new ambassador.
He called Portuguese investors and economic sectors to embrace the
opportunities created by the JCPOA; “Portuguese banking and insurance
sectors would come to Iran and contribute to country’s economy and in
turn reap the advantages of working with Iran,” he suggested.
No less important in Rouhani’s remarks was the issue of terrorism
which he had been touching regularly as Iran’s commitment to fight with
extremism his own initiative (WAVE) brought to the UN General Assembly
and succeeded in the Organization’s approval.
Mr. Corte Real for his part voiced his country’s strong resolve to
advance matters of bilateral interest with Iran, especially after the
historic deal JCPOA had changed the situation for Iran and the world as
well; “we appreciate Iran’s ample capacities and resources to receive
Portuguese contribution and thus will work with Iran in all fields
including technology and university exchange programs,” he concluded.