Former Iranian Ambassador to Mexico Mohammad Rouhisefat underlined that there are many capacities for Tehran and Mexico City to boost their mutual cooperation in trade areas, adding that Mexico can serve as a gate for Iranian exports to the United States.
"Mexico can be a good export gate for Iran's goods to the US," Rouhisefat told FNA on Monday, reminding that Mexico has the lengthiest common borderline with the US and is called the US backyard.
"Mexico is a big country with a huge population and Iran can have a good working agenda in that country in areas of petrochemical products, oil, imports, exports and auto manufacturing," Rouhisefat added.
The former Iranian ambassador to Mexico city said that President Hassan Rouhani's government is expanding its relations with Mexico and Latin American countries, and added, "The visit of the Mexican deputy foreign minister to Iran after so many years is of much importance for strengthening the relations."
He pointed to a memorandum of understanding signed between Iran and Mexico during the recent visit of the Mexican deputy foreign minister to Iran, and said, "The major part of the MoU focuses on the expansion of economic and trade ties."
Rouhisefat noted that the two countries' officials have decided to hold joint economic commissions to further expand their bilateral ties.
On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Mexican Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Alberto de Icaza Gonzalez discussed a variety of ways to accelerate promotion of bilateral relations in all sector.
In a meeting in Tehran, the top Iranian diplomat pointed to the age-old relations between the two countries, and said, "The two countries have abundant capacities for the expansion of ties."
Zarif pointed to cultural exchanges between the two countries, and said, "Mexico and other countries can take part in trade exchanges with the Central Asian countries through Iran's Chabahar port which provides access to Afghanistan and Central Asia in a proper way."
The Mexican official, for his part, said that Mexico is willing to establish good relations with all countries, including Iran.
"We consider Iran an important regional player and hence we want continuation of dialogue and exchange of visits by the two countries delegations," he added.
Iran has been seeking to broaden ties and cooperation with Latin American and Caribbean states, including Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Cuba, Mexico and Colombia.
Iran's strong and rapidly growing ties with Latin America have raised eyebrows in the US and its western allies since Tehran and Latin nations have forged an alliance against the imperialist and colonialist powers and are striving hard to reinvigorate their relations with the other independent countries which pursue a line of policy independent from the US.