Spanish prime minister visits Iran to stimulate trade
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, recently arrived in Tehran accompanied by a delegation of 70 businessmen. The visit marked the first official visit to Iran by a Spanish leader since Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979. Aznar will attend the closing session of an economic conference in Tehran that will include business leaders from the two nations, IRNA reported.
During his two-day stay, Aznar is scheduled to meet with President Mohammad Khatami and other Iranian officials, including parliament speaker Mehdi Karrubi. He also intends to visit the historic city of Isfahan in central Iran.
Spain has recently expressed its desire to strengthen the countries' relations. Trade between the two nations dropped from $1.1 billion in 1997 to $768 million last year. However, Spain, a member of the European Union, is still Iran's fourth-largest trading partner. Several Spanish banks and industrial companies are represented in Iran. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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