Nigeria and Iran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, on tourism, mineral processing and technical cooperation.
Speaking at the signing , Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Prof Viola Onwulari, said that Nigeria would guard its relationship with Iran seriously, considering Iran’s geographical importance in the Middle East and the stability of the region.
She expressed the hope that the meeting between both countries would provide other opportunities to explore ways to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two nations in all areas of mutual interests.
This,according to her, is to ensure that the growing cooperation will create new opportunities for the growth and development of both countries.
Some of the envisaged areas of cooperation that are yet to be finalized are oil and gas, power, rail transportation and agriculture.
Responding, the Iranian Minister of Industries, Mines and Trade, Mr Mohammed Nemazedi called for the establishment of trade centers in the two countries to promote commerce.
The Minister stressed the need to remove obstacles that could hinder trade flow in the areas of banking, clearance and customs.
He expressed the optimism that the United Nations would remove its sanctions on Iran before long.