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EghtesadOnline: President Hassan Rouhani in a message to President of the Swiss Confederation Johann Schneider-Ammann on Monday congratulated him on the occasion of his country's national day, and voiced his pleasure in further deepening of Tehran-Bern cooperation.

'I am happy that friendly relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Swiss Confederation in light of historical background and the existing capacities has always had a growing trend and your visit to Tehran also provided rigid pillars for deepening and expansion of cooperation more than before,' President Rouhani said in his message. 

In relevant remarks in late February, President Schneider-Ammann said his country supports Iran's membership at key international economic and trade organizations, reports IRNA.

'Iran should join the multilateral economic organizations to develop and grow. We support Iran's membership bid,' Schneider-Ammann said in a meeting at Tehran's Chamber of Commerce.

Noting that he is accompanied with representatives of 40 Swiss companies, President Schneider-Ammann asked his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani to bring 400 Iranian traders to Bern in his future visit, given the fact that Iran has a bigger population than Switzerland.

He referred to the current trade ties, and said, 'The removal of sanctions will pave the way for Iran's economic development. Some 140 trade delegations from different countries have visited Iran before and after the nuclear deal to find market and trade opportunities.'

Schneider-Ammann said the two sides could now cooperate in various fields, such as industry, tourism, medicine, and water resources.

'In addition to the trade delegation, a scientific and research group is accompanying me to cement ties with their Iranian partners,' he noted.

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