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Italian economy eager to cooperate with Iran: Ambassador

Tehran, Despite the difficulties hindering joint cooperation, the Italian economy is eager to cooperate with Iran, said Italian ambassador in Tehran Mauro Conciatori on Monday.

Conciatori made the remarks during the opening ceremony of a Joint Iran-Italy Chamber of Commerce in Tehran where Gholam-Hossein Shafei, the head of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, was also present.

As of November 5, the European companies will exactly know what route to take in their cooperation with Iran, Conciatori said.

However, he noted that the Italian commercial sector and the country's negotiators have been making efforts from long ago to consider ways for cooperation with Tehran.

On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced his country's unilateral withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal � a hard-won multilateral agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.

Trump said Washington would impose two rounds of sanctions on Tehran. The first round of sanctions was imposed in early August and the second round is expected on November 4.

Officials at the Italian embassy are seeking cooperation with Iran not only in Tehran, rather they are visiting different Iranian provinces in a bid to find cooperation opportunities, the Italian ambassador said.

Conciatori said that Italy supports Iran nuclear deal and the other agreements reached.

The ambassador said that the European Union hopes that Iran will pursue two issues: first of all abiding by the nuclear deal and continuing to cooperate with UN nuclear agency and secondly announcing final decision on reforming banking standards in accordance with internationally-accepted standards and Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

The head of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, for his part, said that other than Iran nuclear deal, the US president have also pulled out of many other international accords and organizations, whose measures have discredited the international mechanisms, particularly the UN Security Council.

EU members' reaction to the US measure and their effort to save Iran nuclear deal was a true decision, Shafei said, adding that Iran will do its best to remain committed to its pledges under the pact.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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