Leaders of Iran

Monday, December 27, 2004

Iran's Ambassador to Ukraine Ahmad Sadeq Bonab

Build Ukraine: "UKRAINE REPORT 2003, No. 16: ARTICLE NUMBER ONE

1. IRAN KEEN TO EXPAND MUTUAL TIES WITH UKRAINE
Iran Ambassador Termed Iran as Ukraine's Most Important Regional Partner


Moscow, March 17, IRNA -- Iran's Ambassador to Ukraine Ahmad Sadeq Bonab stressed here Monday the need to expand bilateral and regional cooperation as he termed Iran as Ukraine's most important regional partner, according to a news story published by the Islamic Republic News Service (IRNA).

Pointing to similar stance of Iran and Ukraine towards regional and international issues, Sadeq Bonab told IRNA in an exclusive interview that the two sides enjoy "satisfactory and favorable" ties.

He voiced the two countries' political will to expand bilateral and regional cooperation and said that the prospect of bilateral cooperation in all fields, particularly in economic area is very promising.

He pointed to exchange of top level delegations between Tehran and Kiev and added that some 80 documents have been signed by the two countries in recent years.

The Iranian official cited steel, rolled steel sheets, sunflower oil, railway wagon, oil and gas pipelines, steam turbine, sheet and cardboard as among major items Ukraine exports to Iran and said that leather, hide, carpet, aluminum products, metals, fruits and dried fruits as among main goods Ukraine imports from the Islamic Republic.

He termed absence of joint sea and land borders, lack of direct banking cooperation particularly unfamiliarity of Iranian traders and industrialists with Ukrainian market as main obstacles to the development of bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

Sadeq Bonab noted that Iran enjoys great potentials regarding export of foodstuff, clothing, petrochemicals, oil products, carpet and other commodities to Ukraine.

Touching upon measures adopted by the two countries to boost bilateral cooperation, the ambassador said that President Mohammad Khatami's recent visit to Ukraine was among the most important events in mutual relations.

He said the holding of the third session of Iran-Ukraine Joint Economic Commission is among other developments in bilateral ties and noted that the volume of trade exchanges between Iran and Ukraine has amounted to 200 million dollars this year.

Sadeq Bonab voiced appreciation for Iran's policy of detente and expanding its international cooperation, institutionalizing political exchanges and promoting parliamentary cooperation.

Apart from mutual efforts to boost cooperation between Isfahan province of Iran and Kharkov province of Ukraine, establishment of second direct flight between Tehran and Kiev and holding of the second exclusive trade fair of Iranian made products in Ukraine were among other measures taken in this respect, he said.

Highlighting expansion of cultural ties between the two sides, Bonab recalled establishment of four Iranology centers in Ukrainian universities in line with expansion of Persian language in the country.

Ukraine attaches importance to Iran which is regarded as the most important, biggest and strongest country in the region possessing ample energy resources and a very unique geographical location, he said. (SF/MM/RR)"

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