Press TV | Mon Oct 25, 2010
Iran, Kenya to sign free trade agreement
Iran and Kenya plan to sign an agreement to promote relations in various fields of tourism and establish a free trade zone, Iranian Vice President Hamid Baqaei says.
"Iran and Kenya will make use of their valuable experience to increase exchanges in the tourism industry and economy," IRNA quoted Baqaei as saying to reporters after a meeting with the Kenyan Minister of Tourism Mohamed Najib Balala on Sunday.
He added that as Iran plans to establish a free trade zone in Kenya, officials of the two countries agreed that Tehran will transfer its experience to Nairobi.
Baqaei, who is also Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, added that the two countries exchanged views on ways to bolster bilateral cooperation, including lifting visa requirements for Iranian and Kenyan citizens.
Balala, for his part, said Iran has great potentials in the field of health tourism while Kenya attracts tourists because of its nature, which provides an appropriate ground for bilateral cooperation.
The 89th two-day annual meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) kicked off in Iran’s Kish Island on Sunday.
Iranian officials have repeatedly announced that the expansion of relations with African countries in various fields is among the top priorities of the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy.