Member of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture Abolfazl Hejazi: “Iran-U.S. chamber of commerce will be launched in less than one month”. Hejazi also said that the government has authorized the private sector to launch joint activities and that Iran was ready to establish direct flights to the United States. He stressed that establishing a direct flight line to the US is necessary for resuming trade ties. He said the planes will take off from Kish Island to land in New York and vice versa. “This is because the Island is a free trade zone and Iranian passengers who have US citizenship will not need to obtain visas to enter it.” He added that on the island, they can apply for visa to visit other parts of the country. Currently, the flight line will be established for economic purposes, he stressed. “It will enable us to export domestic products to the US and import high-tech products and raw materials from the country”
Obama issued a Persian translation of his Thanksgiving remarks.