The head of Iran-Turkey joint chamber of commerce Mehrdad Sa'adat Dehqan announced that despite the coronavirus outbreak, Iran's exports to Turkey have increased.
Speaking to ILNA news agency, the Iranian official said that fortunately, after the reopening of the borders between Iran and Turkey, mutual trade resumed and is now proceeding rapidly.
“Trade relations between the two countries are increasing because we are in high-quality negotiations with Turkey, which is hoped to be fruitful.”
“Turkey is also very keen to cooperate and invest in Iran,” he added.
In a relevant development in April, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone conversation underlined that the trade relations between the two countries should continue similar to the past amid the anti-coronavirus battle.
Referring to the resumption of Turkish flights to Iran, Mehrdad Sa'adat Dehqan added “These flights must be resumed as soon as possible and we hope it will take place on a certain date.”
Iran's trade with Turkey totaled $1.07 billion during January-June to register a decrease of 72.54% compared with the first half of 2019, data released by Turkish.
Following the outbreak of coronavirus that forced the shutdown of almost all Iranian borders, some 88% of the country’s crossings have reopened for trade exchanges and passenger traffic, says Mojtaba Mousavian, deputy head of Trade Promotion Organization of Iran.