ICSA president Patrick Kent is calling on the Irish government to reopen its Embassy in Tehran. Following a meeting today in Dublin with the Iranian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Javad Kachoueian, Mr Kent said “Huge opportunities for exports of beef and sheepmeat to Iran exist if the market was to open.”
“I would urge the Irish government to look at diplomatic missions to Iran and I would also call on the banking sector to provide facilitates for financial transactions between Irish and Iranian interests.”
Iran has a population of 80 million people and a GDP of + $376 billion.
Historical Irish beef was banned from Iran for 17 years due to BSE but the ban has now been lifted.
There is a large growth in red meat consumption in Iran.
The Irish embassy in Iran closed in 2012 due to cost reasons.