Iranian President Hassan Rohani told European news media on November 11 that Iran has plans to renew trade with France in car manufacturing, agriculture, and aviation.
Rohani told France 2 television and Europe 1 radio that protocol agreements will be signed during his visit to Paris next week, and these will "constitute a basis" for renewed trade, according to a transcript of his interview in Tehran made available to the AP and AFP news agencies ahead of broadcast.
Iran will probably sign a deal to buy Airbus aircraft, he said, noting "we already use Airbus or Boeing planes today."
In September, Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi said Iran was talking to both Airbus and Boeing about acquiring aircraft under lease deals by 2020.
Iran wants to upgrade its aging fleet but has been prevented from doing so by Western economic sanctions, which make even spare parts difficult to secure.
Based on reporting by AFP, AP, Europe-1 radio and France-2 TV