TEHRAN (Iran News) – Head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mine and Agriculture Mr. Gholam-Hossein Shafei in meeting with Ambassador of Ukraine to Tehran Mr. Sergei Burdiliak announced readiness of Iran’s private sector for transit of Ukraine’s agro products via the Persian Gulf.
In the meeting which was held on Saturday, Shafei expressed his disappointment over the war in Ukraine and said that the war has affected all countries of the region because Ukraine is the biggest country of the region and due to the unique position of the country in agriculture and mining, its condition is effective on the economic condition of the countries of the region.
He then said that all countries are concerned about deterioration of the world food industry condition under the effects of the Ukraine war, adding that fortunately, despite this condition, statistics show that Iran’s economic relations with Ukraine in the upward trend.
Shafei added that since Ukraine owns almost a quarter of world’s fertile agro grounds, Iranian economic activists are interested in extraterrestrial cultivation in Ukraine and due to widespread droughts in Iran, some provinces have already operationalized extraterrestrial cultivation in Ukraine.
He then pointed to the closure of transit routes of Ukraine due to the war, saying that since Ukraine is one of the biggest suppliers of agro and animal feeds and it is currently facing with serious problems for export of these products, Iran is ready for transit of these products from its land via the Persian Gulf in order to reduce these restrictions.
Shafei then pointed to exchanges of trade delegations between the two countries in the past and said that there are diverse grounds for cooperation between Iran and Ukraine and announced readiness for taking required measures for improving the economic relations.
Then Ukrainian Ambassador Mr. Burdiliak, for his part, emphasized finding ways for boosting bilateral cooperation between Iran and Ukraine and said that cooperation between the two countries can be pursued in three levels. He added that in the first level, cooperation will be to meet current and immediate needs of Ukraine, noting that in the second level, it will be for reconstruction of Ukraine because of the war and the third level of cooperation will be in the post-construction era to improve trade ties.
He then pointed to the current needs of Ukraine like fuel, tomato, salt and sodium carbonate, added that Ukraine needs humanitarian aids of Iran especially food stuff.
Burdiliak went on to say that after the war ends, his country will need construction materials, glass and bitumen for its construction, stating that since Russia and Belarus were the main supplier of bitumen to Ukraine, now it is good opportunity for Iran to replace them.
He stressed that in the next step, Iranian companies ca participate in reconstruction of Ukraine especially in reconstruction of refineries, oil reservoirs and industrial centers.
He then pointed to talks for export of Iran’s crude oil to a port in Poland, adding that since oil products from the exported crude to be sent to Ukraine, his country has started correspondence with the U.S. treasury for issuing license for Iran’s exports.
Burdiliak reiterated that President of Ukraine intends to hand over reconstruction of each province to one country and he suggests construction of Kherson Province which has important port for imports and exports to be given to Iran after its liberation.
Then Shafei pointed to Iran’s good capabilities in supply of construction material, bitumen, technical and engineering services and welcome the idea of choosing one country for reconstruction of one Ukrainian province.