Director General for the Americas at Iran's Foreign Ministry,
Mohammad Keshavarz-Zadeh, made the remarks on Monday during a review
session of opportunities for cooperation between Iran and Latin
American countries. He stressed that there is no obstacle to expansion
of ties with Latin America and there is a strong political will on the
Iranian side for developing relations with that side of the world.
In addition to cooperation in mine and mining industries, Iran
welcomes expansion of cooperation in the fields of heavy industries,
aerospace, biotechnology, and nanotechnology, he added.
He stressed that Foreign Ministry will support all Iranian companies wishing to have an active presence in Latin America.
According to Keshavarz-zadeh, many problems currently hampering the
expansion of relations between Iran and the Latin American countries is
due to a lack of knowledge of the existing opportunities and capacities.
He added the visits of Foreign Minister Zarif and President Rouhani
to various Latin American countries in the past two years indicates
Iran’s keen interest in developing ties with these nations.
The volume of foreign trade of the Islamic Republic of Iran
excluding oil exports in 2016 reached nearly $90 billion, with $43.9
billion in exports and $43.6 in imports.