Iranian Agricultural Jihad Minister Mahmoud Hojjati called for the expansion of cooperation between Iran and France.
"France is a country that has made good advances in the agriculture sector and Iran is also regarded as the richest country in the Middle-East in the agriculture sector; hence we are willing to see further agricultural cooperation between the two countries," Hojjati said in a meeting with Head of French National Assembly Patricia Adam in Tehran on Saturday.
The Iranian agricultural Jihad minister further added that Tehran and Paris can launch cooperation in farming, fishery and livestock.
Adam, for her part, said she is visiting Iran in a bid to become familiar with the country's agricultural activities, adding that French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll will visit Iran soon.
European countries have shown willingness for the development of relations and cooperation with Iran following the implementation of Iran’s November nuclear deal with world powers.
In February, French Ambassador to Tehran Bruno Foucher said his country was ready to broaden its trade cooperation with Iran.
The envoy said a French delegation of more than 100 businessmen who were visiting Iran those days was preparing the grounds for more trade ties between Tehran and Paris.
Foucher noted that more French companies and enterprises were willing to invest in Iran.
“Some of the companies represented in this delegation were already active in Iran’s market and they are well familiar with this market. New companies have also come to Tehran to get familiar with Iran’s market,” said the top French diplomat.
“I hope that this meeting will clear the way for the development of relations between Iranian and French trade and industrial sectors and remove obstacles to better ties,” said Foucher.