Prague Determined to Cooperate with Tehran on Joint Projects: Diplomat


Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Tlapa, who is on an official visit to Tehran, voiced his country’s willingness to boost cooperation and implement joint projects with the Islamic Republic in various areas of economy.

Speaking at a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for American and European Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi in Tehran on Monday, Tlapa described the July 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers as “historical” and said a new atmosphere has been created for closer cooperation between Tehran and Prague after the implementation of the deal.

He further stressed the need to grasp the new opportunity to promote bilateral relations between the two countries, adding that Czech businessmen and economic activists are highly interested in cooperating with Iran.

The Iranian deputy minister, for his part, hailed the growing ties between Iran and Czech, saying that the two nations have many capacities to further promote cooperation in diverse fields.

Earlier in September 2015, Czech Republic’s Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, who was accompanied by a 70-strong delegation of Czech traders and economic activists, paid an official visit to Iran and held talks on ways to promote relations in various economic areas.

The remarks come against the backdrop of a new wave of interest in ties with Iran after Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14, 2015 reached a conclusion over the text of a comprehensive 159-page deal on Tehran’s nuclear program and started implementing it on January 16.

The comprehensive nuclear deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), terminated all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran.

Experts believe that Iran’s economic growth would rise remarkably after the final nuclear deal takes effect.

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