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News number: 8807201692

18:27 | 2009-10-12

Economy

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Switzerland: Gas Deal with Iran Crucially Important for Bern

TEHRAN (FNA)- Switzerland announced on Monday that it attaches much importance to its gas deal with Iran, stressing that the two countries' relations are deeply influenced by the contract.



"The prospects of the two countries' relations will be more brilliant by the materialization of Iran's gas exports to Switzerland," Swiss Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Ambole said in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mehdi Safari here in Tehran today.

He also stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran has a significant position in Switzerland's foreign policy, and called for the further development of bilateral ties.

During the meeting, Safari referred to the growing political and economic consultations between the two countries in recent years, and urged for the expansion of bilateral ties in other fields.

He also underlined Iran's preparedness to supply and transfer energy from the region to the European countries.

"Existence of rich gas and oil reserves in Iran will transform Tehran into an effective factor for the European energy market," Safari added.

He also appreciated Switzerland for hosting the Geneva talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) on October 1.

Representatives of Iran and six world powers attended landmark talks in Geneva on October 1 to resolve a series of misunderstandings and problems long standing between Tehran and the West.

At the end of the meeting, the two sides announced that they would continue the talks in less than one month.