TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A high-ranking delegation headed by the European Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan plans to arrive in Tehran on Friday as part of efforts to boost Tehran-EU relations in all areas.

The delegation comprises 70 members including some officials from Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission as well as representatives of some renowned companies from different European countries, the official website of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) quoted Kaveh Zargaran, the chairman of TCCIMA’s Committee for Agriculture, Water and Food Industries, as saying.

The delegates are scheduled to discuss possible spheres of cooperation in joint investment, exports and imports, transfer of technology, and training courses with the Iranian sides in an Economic Forum to be hosted by TCCIMA’s Committee for Agriculture, Water and Food Industries on Saturday, November 11, Zargaran stated. 

He said visits to a number of food production, animal husbandry and greenhouse units, as well as some chain stores, on Sunday have been planned for the delegates in order to make them acquainted with Iran’s capabilities in these fields.

Highlighting the tendency of European Commission’s member states to broaden ties with Iran in agriculture and food sectors, the TCCIMA chairman noted that such willingness is a result of Iran’s nuclear deal known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The visit would come against the backdrop of a new wave of interest in ties with Iran after Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14, 2015 reached a conclusion over the text of a comprehensive 159-page deal on Tehran's nuclear program and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

The comprehensive nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, terminated all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran.