TEHRAN, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Ambassador to Iran Koji Haneda said Sunday that his country is interested in fostering ties with the Islamic republic, official IRNA news agency reported.
Haneda said so on the sidelines of a forum on investment opportunities underway in Iran's northwestern city of Tabriz.
As a result of anti-Iran sanctions imposed by the United States and other Western countries, the volume of Tehran-Tokyo trade transactions has declined in the past years, the Japanese envoy said, adding that, however, mutual trade and Japan's oil imports from Iran are continuing.
The fourth International Forum on Investment Opportunities of Iran's East Azerbaijan province opened in Tabriz on Saturday. Some 400 domestic and foreign investors from 35 countries are participating in the two-day event.
Exchange of technical and commercial experiences, as well as promotion of investment potentials are among the main objectives of the event.