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New Zealand Studying Trade Opportunities in Iran.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Foreign Minister of New Zealand Murray Mc Cully announced that his country's Council on Trade with the Middle East is investigating chances to increase and develop its trade and economic ties with Iran.

Referring to removal of the West's sanctions against Iran in the coming months, Mc Cully revealed in a Thursday meeting in Kuala Lumpur that members of New Zealand Council on Trade are monitoring trade situations and opportunities in Iran for futher boost in bilateral trade exchanges.

"The financial sanctions would be lifted in early 2016, so it would be a great opportunity for companies in New Zealand to bolster business with Iran," the foreign minister said.

He, meantime, announced that he plans to visit Tehran at the head of a trade delegation in coming weeks.

In June,Mc Cully and Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating mutual cooperation in Tehran.

"The expansion of ties between Iran and New Zealand would serve the two countries' interests," Hashemi Rafsanjani said during the meeting.

The New Zealand foreign minister, for his part, pointed to the status quo of Iran-New Zealand relations, and said, "I hope the two countries will further strengthen their bilateral ties."

Meantime, McCully referred to Iran's role in regional and international equations, and said, "Iran can use its capacities to put an end to the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq."

New Zealand has had an embassy in Tehran since April 1975, making it the country's longest-standing mission in the Middle East.

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Date:Sep 18, 2015
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