UK for restoration of economic, business ties with Iran after JCPOA implementation

Tehran, Jan 27, IRNA – British Charge D'Affaires to Tehran Nicholas Hopton said on Tuesday that London wants expansion of relations and cooperation with Iran in the post-sanction era following implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Talking to IRNA on the sidelines of a ceremony marking the 61st anniversary of the Republic Day of India on Tuesday, Hopton voiced delight with the JCPOA implementation and said after the event his country opts for restoration of relations and cooperation with Iran, in the business and economic fields in particular.
To a question on volume of mutual trade and finances in the post-JCPOA and post-sanctions era, the diplomat said it is too early to announce a figure or make any statement on the issue.
He said January 16, when the JCPOA was implemented marks an important event in his opinion.
Ambassador Saurabh Kumar, the newly appointed Indian ambassador to Tehran, delivered a lecture in the meeting and said India wants expansion of relations and cooperation with Iran in the fields of economy, business, trade, especially road transit, with Iran.
He congratulated Iran on the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and removal of the sanctions.
The diplomat said Iran and India have historical relations, including economic ties.
He said the JCPOA will have positive impact on Iran-India relations. Tehran-New Delhi trade is currently estimated at $13-14 billion, he added.
Also addressing the meeting was Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbass Araqchi, who told the audience that Iran will never forget India, that had stood by Iran during hard conditions of sanctions.
'India is a friend indeed for Iran during times of need. Iran will never forget it.'
He said Chabahar is the symbol of Iran-India cooperation in the post-sanction era.
He added that Iran is also to have cooperation with India in the fields of trade and roads transit.
'I am confident that Iran-India relations will expand further in the future,' he announced.
Other lecturers at the meeting were former speaker of Majlis Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel and former foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
The Iranian and Indian national anthems were played prior to the speeches delivered by the participating dignitaries.
January 26 is the Republic Day of India. The Constitution of India was adopted on this national day in 1950.
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