Iran’s foreign minister in a meeting with his Finnish counterpart announced readiness for expansion of economic cooperation with Finland, stressing the need to support the two countries’ private sectors.

Iran Press/America: Hossein Amirabdollahian in his last bilateral meeting on Tuesday with his counterparts on the sidelines of the 76th UN General Assembly in New York conferred with Pekka Haavisto and exchanged viewpoints with him on the latest status in Afghanistan, the region, and bilateral issues.

Amirabdollahian said in the meeting that the new Iranian government is interested in pursuing bilateral relations with Finland more enthusiastically.

The two countries’ political committees should convene as soon as possible to give new energy to bilateral ties.

The Iranian top diplomat announced readiness for expansion of economic, commercial, industrial, and agricultural cooperation between the two countries, as well as the establishment of direct flights between Tehran and Helsinki.

He also said that the private sector companies of the two countries should receive the necessary support in their activities.

The foreign minister of Finland, for his part, announced the readiness of Helsinki for the expansion of bilateral ties.

To reach that end, he said that the establishment of a joint chamber of commerce was a step aimed at broadening the bilateral economic ties, expressing satisfaction over the move.

Pekka Haavisto announced his country’s readiness for any kind of contribution to the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

He also referred to the background of regional negotiations in the framework of Helsinki, inviting his Iranian counterpart to attend the upcoming Helsinki Conference.