Iran's Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare has declared Tehran's readiness to dispatch Iranian skilled workforce to Serbia.
Director General of the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security for international affairs Hamed Forouzan made the remark in a meeting with Serbian Ambassador to Tehran Dragan Todorović on Wednesday.
Referring to long-term political and international relations between Serbia and Iran, Forouzan noted that a draft memorandum of understanding on job creation and vocational cooperation is being finalized and that another MoU on social security is being prepared, which would be inked hopefully concurrent with a visit by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić to Iran.
The Iranian official also invited the Serbian ambassador to pay a visit to the Social Security Investment Company of Iran (SHASTA), adding that the meeting with the ambassador can help facilitate cooperation between Serbian and Iranian economic and trade groups.
Forouzan underlined that the Islamic Republic of Iran expects Serbia to support Tehran in international organizations.
Todorović, for his part, said that the joint meeting has been held to evaluate the current situation in order to pave the way for expansion of trade ties in different fields such as agriculture and tourism.
Emphasizing on the need for facilitating issuance of visa for businessmen of both countries, the ambassador said that the main obstacle in the way of expansion of trade relationship is problems concerning banking transactions. He expressed hope that resolving political issues would pave the way for feasible trade and banking cooperation.
Statistics indicate that trade ties between Serbia and Iran boosted in recent years, for instance the economic exchanges stood at 52.3 million dollars in 2018. Iran exported goods worth 42.4 million dollars to Serbia in that year and imported 9.8 million dollars from the European country in the same period.