With a view to strengthening diplomatic relations and discussing trade opportunities between Brazil and Iran, President of the Republic Michel Temer met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, at the Presidential Palace.
The meeting builds on existing negotiations for a number of cooperation agreements between the two countries, especially in the areas of agriculture, science & technology, and economic cooperation, explained Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes. “In 2017, we exported US$ 2.6 billion to Iran, but imported only US$ 40 million. We need to find a better balance in our trade relations”, he pointed out. “Iran is a very important country. It has a population of 80 million, and has a strong influence on the rest of the world”, he added.
The agenda included discussion on the sectors that still present investment opportunities for both countries, such as the pharmaceutical industry, infrastructure, oil & gas, and culture. “Iran has a very important film and television industry, as well as a strong interest in Brazilian music. These cultural elements are enabling a much richer relationship between our countries”, he explained.