Representatives from the two countries met to review the main issues on the common agenda and agreed on the importance of deepening relations following the passing of the Trade Agreement between them.

The delegations led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility (link in Spanish), Guillaume Long, and the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmad Pabarja, met in Ecuador on May 16, 2016, and stressed the importance of the relationship between Ecuador and Iran in recent years.

The meeting opened up lines of discussion that channeled the two countries’ intentions to continue strengthening bilateral relations through joint efforts and concrete measures.

The two officials welcomed the recent passing of the trade agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ecuador and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which took place at the plenary session of Ecuador’s National Assembly on May 12, 2016.

The agreement will open up new export possibilities for Ecuadorean products such as bananas, cacao, meat, and seafood to Iran, which has a population of over 80 million people.

Iran also expressed its interest in taking part in the reconstruction of the areas destroyed by the earthquake that struck Ecuador in April 2016, through the involvement of Iranian firms with extensive experience in earthquake-resistant building techniques.