TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Head of Iran Chamber of Commerce Gholam-Hossein Shafei who has traveled Belgium at top of 35-men delegation met with head of Belgium Chamber of Commerce on banking development where they stressed developing bilateral banking ties, supporting mutual investment in health and treatment, SME and aerial transportation.
“Iran and Belgium could be important trade partners for each other. We are so happy to expand relations with Iran. We can work with Iran on clean energy, electronic commerce, special equipment and auto manufacturing,” he said.
Iran’s exports to Belgium grew by 108 percent last year, he said, as stressing mutual cooperation in agriculture.
“We would like to work with Iran in transportation, SME as well as health and medicine.”
Shafei, for his part, said, “We do not merely think of expanding ties with Belgium. We regard as a Belgium as a gate to other European countries.”
He said the volume of economic exchanges between the two countries has grown over last two years and we can also keep it on the rise.”
He then praised Iran’s considerable potential for mutual cooperation with Belgium in health, medicine, oil, gas and petrochemistry.
Last October, Tehran and Brussels signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to broaden their bilateral ties in economic and trade fields.
The MoU was signed between Iran's Trade Promotion Organization Mojtaba Khosrotaj and visiting Belgian trade delegation in Tehran.
"The volume of trade exchanges between Iran and Belgium nearly hit $200 million which we hope it would grow due to Belgium's high potentials," Khosrotaj said.
He said that the MoU aims to broaden scientific, technological and infrastructural cooperation between Iranian and Belgian firms.
The MoU made a framework on developing investment and trade cooperation between the two countries.
The visiting Belgian economic-trade delegation comprised 200 representatives of 140 firms; the first economic mission of Belgium in Iran in post-JCPOA era.
In early November 2015, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders in a meeting in Tehran signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to further expand their cooperation in the political field.
The Iranian foreign minister said that the MoU has been signed in line with the political exchanges between the two countries' foreign ministries and embassies, adding, "The MoU paves the way for holding talks between the two countries in different fields."
In September 2014, Zarif and Reynders in a meeting in Brussels underlined the need for the strengthening of the good and age-old ties and cooperation between Iran and Belgium.
In February 2014, Reynders paid an official visit to Iran at the invitation of Zarif. During the visit, he and the Iranian minister discussed the latest international and regional developments as well as mutual cooperation with senior Iranian officials.
At the February meeting, Reynders underlined Iran’s key role in resolving the Syria crisis.
Speaking at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran at the time, Reynders said Belgium favors Iran’s participation in the talks on Syria.
“Iran’s participation can result in achieving a political solution to the Syrian crisis.”
He reiterated political solution to the Syrian crisis, and said that the presence of the European nationals in Syria to support the militant groups is a threat not only to Belgium, but to the international community.