12 May 2018
TEHRAN (CBI PR dept) –Referring to the determination of Iran and Croatia to increase trade relations, in his meeting with Martina Dalic, deputy prime minister and minister of economic affairs of Croatia, the governor of the central bank of Iran, Valiollah Seif mentioned the development of banking ties as a prerequisite for expanding the economic and commercial relations between the two sides. "It is our duty to pave the way by removing the obstacles”, he said.
“Establishing banking relationships between the central banks of both countries, correspondence relationss between major Croatian and Iranian banks, concluding an account agreement between the central banks of the two countries to settle trade transactions and the establishment of agencies and branches of Croatian banks in Iran are the main steps to strengthen banking ties between the two countries”, added the governor emphasizing the full readiness of Iran to expand banking ties as soon as possible within the framework of international regulations.
“Certainly, lack of proper banking ties will cause missing the opportunities for both countries. Regarding the good relations between the two countries, I hope the results will be considerable and we can provide a platform for development of trade between the two countries during upcoming meetings with the Croatian banking boards.” he reiterated
Seif also invited the governor of the central bank of Croatia and Croatian bank executives to travel to Iran in order to operationalize the proposed suggestions.
Deputy prime minister and minister of economic affairs of Croatia reminded the last year visit of the President of Croatia to Iran and the negotiations between various Croatian delegations and their Iranian counterparts and said “I am sure that relations between the two countries will be further developed in future”.
“Banking and financial constraints are the main obstacles for expansion of economic trade between the two countries and we must quickly think about a solution for it. Since Croatian companies are starting to trade with Iran, the path of banking relations between the two countries should be paved” she continued.
“Despite disruptions on the way to the ideal banking relationship, we can encourage and support the banks of the two countries to start correspondent relationships” said Dalic referring to the actions and talks in this regard.
She also announced Croatia's desire to expand trade and banking relations with Iran. “This will require follow up practices and support from both sides”, she concluded.