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Lisbon Keen to Expand Ties with Tehran.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Lisbon is keen to establish win-win relations with Iran, Pedro Magallane, an official affiliated to the Portugal Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Sunday.

Magallane made the remarks in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Reza Bakhtiari in Tehran.

He said Iranian companies could also be linked to their European, African and Latin American partners through Portugal.

Vice President for International Affairs at Tehran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture Mohammad Reza Bakhtiari, for his part, said the two sides could establish direct flights between Tehran and Lisbon.

"Portugal will open its trade and investment office this summer in Tehran," he added.

"The current level of trade exchange between Tehran and Lisbon is not satisfactory and it should increase, the official noted.

Meantime, Iranian Minister of Agricultural Jihad Mahmoud Hojjati in a meeting with a Portuguese delegation led by Minister of State for Food and Agri-Food Research Nuno Vieira e Brito discussed ways to develop economic and agricultural cooperation to keep up with the two states' excellent political ties.

"I think one of the best areas of cooperation with Lisbon is downstream industries such as packaging and processing industries in a bid to pave the way for expansion of economic ties," the Iranian minister said last September.

He criticized that the current level of cooperation between Tehran and Lisbon is lower than the two countries' capacities.

Hojjati hoped that a new chapter will open in Tehran-Lisbon ties, especially in the field of agriculture, following the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action struck on July 14 between Iran and the six world powers.

Referring to 400-year ties between Iran and Portugal, Brito, for his part, said that despite sanctions, Lisbon has had cooperation with the Iran in various sectors.

He said that the country has achieved good progress in industry, research, and technology as its products are of high quality.

"We have also captured different markets in various continents as we are exporting goods to 80 markets in the world including China and Cuba," he said.

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Date:Apr 25, 2016
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