Jan 5, 2016, 10:59 AM
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Danish FM: New era in Iran-West relations

Tehran, Jan 5, IRNA - Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen arrived in Tehran on Monday. This is the second visit of a Danish foreign minister to Iran since the election of President Hassan Rouhani in 2013. The first was paid by Martin Lidegaard in September 2014.

According to Tehran-based English newspaper, Iran Daily, representatives of more than 60 economic, trade and investment companies are accompanying Jensen in this visit.

In an exclusive interview with Iran Daily, a few days before his trip to Tehran, he expounded on the two countries’ potentials to strengthen ties.

Excerpts from the interview follow:

On the present level of relations between the two countries, Jensen said the two countries are very interested in strengthening political and economic relations. Iran plays a pivotal role in the region. Danish companies view the country as a potential and lucrative market.

'Iran also plays an important role in maintaining stability in the region. I welcome the opportunity to visit the country, particularly at this moment which is a historic turning point in relations between Iran and the West,' he added.

Jensen said there is a huge potential for deepening and improving mutual ties in numerous areas. We need to identify a greater number of fields for collaboration.

'The good news is that a number of Danish organizations, such as the Danish Centre for international Studies and Human Rights, have already begun cooperation with their Iranian counterparts,' he noted.

He reiterated that the two sides can also increase cooperation in the fields of culture and education, reiterating that establishing an effective and strong partnership with Iran will be among the main aims of my forthcoming visits to the country.

'Danish and Iranian companies have a long-standing and positive history of cooperation in diverse economic fields and projects, the most outstanding of which is Denmark’s collaboration in building Iran’s national railroad.
Currently, we are on the threshold of a new era in mutual relations which will lead to the signing of a great number of deals and agreements.
Improving mutual ties will be in the interest of both sides,' he noted.

Touching upon the plans of Danish firms for taking part in Iranian projects and boosting investment in the country, he said Iran is a dynamic country with a growing middle-class looking for high quality products with competitive prices.

'Danish companies have a stable and suitable position in the global consumer products market. They also enjoy great experience and expertise in producing medicines and providing health services,' he noted.

Jensen reiterated that Danish firms are also very advanced in the fields of modern and clean technologies.

'Danish engineering and marine transportation companies are also very well known in Iran for their efficient and high-quality services,' he said.

Jensen concluded as saying that beautiful Iranian handicrafts and hand-woven carpets enjoy a worldwide reputation. Western sanctions failed to have a considerable negative impact on Iran’s export of carpets and handicrafts to Denmark. Also, Iran has a great deal to offer in tourism sector