Nov 3, 2021, 3:18 AM
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Iran ready to broaden agricultural, fisheries cooperation with Norway: Minister

Tehran, IRNA – Iran's agricultural jihad minister in a meeting with the Norwegian ambassador to Iran Sigvald Tomin Hauge voiced Iran's interest in broadening agricultural cooperation with Norway, especially in technology transfer, investments, and fisheries fields.

Javad Sadatinejad in his meeting with Norway's ambassador referred to the 90-year record of Iran-Norway cooperation, which he said is good proof for the depth of the two countries’ relations.

“The main part of Iran-Norway interactions currently is in fisheries field, but now the ground is well paved for broader cooperation in forestry and care taking of pasture lands as well,” said Sadatinejad.

“Each Norwegian citizen uses 120 kilograms is fruits and vegetables, only a quarter of which is produced in Norway, and keeping in mind the good capacity for agricultural products and vegetables production we can also have a good level of cooperation in that field,” he added.

The agriculture minister also announced Iran’s readiness for exporting organic dried nuts to Norway.

The Norwegian ambassador, for his part, said in the meeting that Iran has the most ambitious objectives in the agricultural field in the region, announcing Norway’s hope to cooperate in agricultural and fisheries fields with Iran.

“We know that the US sanctions have created lots of problems for Iran and we hope the Vienna negotiations will resume soon and lead to good results, since these sanctions have not only created lots of problems for Iran, but have also disturbed Iran’s trade ties with various countries, but those problems should not harm Iran-Norway cooperation," he added.

The Norwegian ambassador said that cooperation in food, fisheries and agricultural fields can continue between the two countries, as those fields are none included in the sanctions.

He said that currently the Iran-Norway trade is conducted indirectly, expressing hope its expansion, especially in the fisheries field.

He also said that only a small portion of the Norwegian lands can be cultivated and appropriate for animal husbandry, which is mostly used to produced animal food and diaries.

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