“The move will be considered as a step towards the expansion of tourism relations with Europe,” Shekarabi said in a meeting with Belgian Ambassador to Tehran François Delhaye.
He reiterated that the direct flights between Iran and Belgium will be launched in the near future.
“The aim of launching new air route is to expand Qeshm Air’s flights to Europe, Shekarabi said, adding, “Belgium is a country which is located at the center of Europe and therefore, enjoys a special strategic significance.”
The Belgian ambassador, for his part, said that Iran enjoys high capacities to attract foreign tourists.
“The Belgian people welcome establishment of the direct flights between Brussels and Tehran,” Delhaye said.
He underlined that Tehran-Brussels air route will have positive impact on the development of bilateral relations, specially in the areas of tourism, investment and economy.
In late October, Tehran and Brussels signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to broaden their bilateral ties in economic and trade fields.
The MoU was signed between Head of Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization Mojtaba Khosrotaj and visiting Belgian trade delegation in Tehran.
“The volume of trade exchanges between Iran and Belgium nearly hit $200 million which we hope it would grow due to Belgium’s high potentials,” Khosrotaj said.
He said that the MoU aims to broaden scientific, technological and infrastructural cooperation between Iranian and Belgian firms.
The MoU has made a framework on developing investment and trade cooperation between the two countries.
The visiting Belgian economic-trade delegation comprises 200 representatives of 140 firms; the first economic mission of Belgium in Iran in post-JCPOA era.