French auto and aviation companies visiting Iran may start shipping parts there within weeks, as they explore deals potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, a former French ambassador to the country said.
“Initial agreements may be reached, if not in coming days then maybe within the next few weeks,” Francois Nicoullaud, France’s ambassador to Tehran from 2001 to 2005, said by phone from Paris yesterday. “Within weeks it will be possible to see the start of supplies.”
France is looking to resume trade ties following an interim accord between world powers and Iran that allows sanctions relief in some sectors in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program. Talks resuming in Vienna on Feb. 18 will explore whether the sides can reach a comprehensive deal to ensure Iranâs nuclear program is non-military, as it says, and end international sanctions against it.Potentially great news for French business, and Iranian airline passengers and auto consumers
Below: Iranian Peugeot 206 and Iran Air Airbus A300
Photos: Iran Peugeot and Shahram Sharifi