Qatar propping Iran’s economy with billions worth of trade
While Arab and European countries are boycotting Iran for supporting terrorist organizations, Qatar is helping the country by buying shipments of fruits and vegetables totaling more than ten billion Iranian rials.
The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that the first shipment has been exported from Chiau Seaport, Parsia, Hormozgan, in the south of Iran to Doha.
Mohammad Radmahr, Mayor of Parsia, confirmed that the value of the shipment is 10 billion rials, and consists of about 200 tons of fruits and vegetables, such as cucumber, eggplant, cauliflower, and sweet pepper.
Radmahr said that this particular port was specially chosen as it is the nearest navigation point to the Qatari coast. He called for making the port more efficient to drain in more of Qatari money. Tehran is depending on the inflow of these funds to contribute to propping up its flagging economy where unemployment is rampant.
According to the Iranian Fars News Agency, a 70-member Iranian business delegation, led by Assistant Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade Mohammad Reza Fayyad, was headed to Doha for a two-day meeting.
Iranian officials have also called on Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad to issue urgent visas for businessmen to increase the volume of trade originating from Qatar. According to a report, Qatar has approved visas for Iranian businessmen on an urgent basis for a period of one month, extendable for another five months after undergoing a medical examination.
An Iranian official revealed that discussions are being held on many suspended issues between the two countries during the joint meetings. He pointed out that five committees are holding special meetings to touch on key issues related to trade, mining, customs, oil, petrochemicals, and banking.
In a sign of Iran's efforts to take control over Qatar, the Iranian official said the close collaboration between the two countries has taken a new turn and was getting stronger after the boycott. Iran is trying to fish in troubled waters by trying to fulfill its political agenda on one hand, and to create a market for Iranian goods on the other.