TEHRAN -- A high-ranking official of Iran’s ministry of science says Europeans have restricted their academic ties with the Islamic Republic, as part of their political pressure on Tehran.
Germany has also closed the office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the country.
Vahid Haddadi-Asl, the deputy minister in international affairs, told ISNA news agency that the European countries are not interested in academic collaboration with Iran.
“We have no limits on scientific cooperation with the countries of the world except with the Zionist regime, but the Europeans restricted their ties and Germany closed the office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Iran,” he said, adding access to science should not be politicized.
Haddadi said the Islamic Republic had “good academic activities” in the neighboring countries, and “some good agreements were signed with them” namely Iraq, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.