Agriculture attache to Iran opposed

December 2, 2010

Mario Casayuran
Manila Bulletin
December 3, 2010

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate agriculture and food committee proposed on Friday the appointment of an agricultural attaché to Iran and send a high level delegation to Teheran to address the gaps regarding trade agreements between the two countries which are negatively affected by the current US sanctions on Iran.

Sen. Francis N. Pangilinan, committee chairman, made the proposal during a public hearing on the detrimental effects of the US sanctions on Iran to the Philippine banana export industry in Davao City.

This developed as the Iranian government has invited President Aquino for a state visit, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.

The invitation was conveyed by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki at a meeting with DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis in Teheran this week. Motakki also invited DFA Secretary Alberto G. Romulo for a visit.

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