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Japanese economy Min. invites Ebtekar to Japan

Iranian VP Ebtekar and the Chairperson of the Nippon Foundation of Japan Sasacawa met on the sidelines of Iran-Japan Symposium in Tehran and discussed ways for boosting bilateral cooperation.

Wednesday 16 May 2018 - 13:42

Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar said Thursday the country plans to provide subsidies for hybrid cars and electric vehicles to make environmentally friendly cars widely available, and urged Japanese carmakers to look at building plants there.

“A kind of peace rooted in the existence of human being, and within the institute of family can lead to the peace for the whole world, and women are very bold players in having this kind of peace," she said. 

The two officials met on the sidelines of the first Iran-Japan Symposium on ‘Women, Peace and Sustainable Development’ which was held in Foreign Ministry's Institute for Political and International Studies in Tehran.

In addition to stressing on the role of women in realization of global peace and sustainable development, the Iranian VP called for cooperation and sharing of experiences on these areas between Tehran and Tokyo.

In an interview with Kyodo News inTehran, Ebtekar, who doubles as head of Iran’s Environmental Department, said eco-friendly cars have a “great future in Iran,” and expressed hope that Japanese automakers will produce vehicles in Iran for export as well. “Iran and Japan share many cultural commonalities that in the light of the good history of ties can lead to beneficial cooperation between the two countries,” she highlighted.

Iran can become an export hub for the whole region, Ebtekar said, noting its access to “open seas and land to export to regional countries such as Turkey or even Europe and Africa.”

Iran sees brighter economic prospects after it and six major countries reached a deal to lift economic sanctions in return for Iran curbing its nuclear program.

The sanctions imposed by the United States, Japan and Europe had “very detrimental effects on different aspects of Iran life,” and impeded the country’s access to new environmental technology, Ebtekar said.

“After the sanctions, we have to look for green technologies to manage air pollution, water pollution, waste management” and other environmental pollutants, she said. “We are looking forward to a lot of investment in green technologies.”

To encourage sales of environmentally friendly cars, she indicated Iran may introduce subsidies for purchases of hybrid cars and create areas in major city centers where only allow eco-cars are allowed.

Yohei Sasacawa, also in this meeting, referred to a future meeting to be held in Japan on environment and the Earth, and handed Ms Ebtekar the formal invitation of Motoo Hayashi, the Japanese Minister of Economy, to attend the event and have an address there. “Your presence and address at the conference can have a positive impact on improving and bolstering the bilateral ties between Iran and Japan especially in the area of environmental cooperation,” articulated Sasacawa.

The chairperson of the Nippon Foundation of Japan listed some of the crises gripping on the Japanese society like aging population, stressed that interactions between the two countries can be beneficial for the both sides.

Praising Iran’s academic status, Sasacawa demanded for higher levels of academic cooperation between Iran and Japan especially on the areas of social sciences and environment.

Source: Japan Times and Mehr News


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