Prague - The first Czech business mission will go to Iran to open up opportunities for Czech companies later this month, Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Tlapa told CTK after the talks with his Iranian opposite number Majid Takht-Ravanchi today.
The two countries will speed up the preparation of the agreements on the prevention of double taxation and protection of investments, Tlapa said.
Takht-Ravanchi also met Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (Social Democrats, CSSD).
Zaoralek said further diplomatic and economic overtures to Iran would depend on the progress of Tehran's negotiations with Western powers on the nuclear programme in Iran.
Organised by the Czech Chamber of Commerce, the business mission will include representatives of over 20 companies.
It will take place on September 13-17 and it will be headed by Tlapa.
Transport, engineering and textile firms are interested in entering the Iranian market, Tlapa said.
"If the sanction regime is lifted, it will be vital to be on the market as the first. Moreover, Czech companies have lots of things to offer in Iran and the whole Central Asia," Chamber of Commerce President Vladimir Dlouhy said.
He, too, met Takht-Ravanchi today.
"We have something to follow up as Iran and the Czech Republic were linked by historical trade relations, based on firm foundations built in the 1960s and 1970s," Dlouhy said.
Takht-Ravanchi said a permanent agreement between Iran and six Western powers was to be concluded by the end of November.
"Speaking on our behalf, I said this was the condition and pre-condition of further progress," Zaoralek said.