TEHRAN, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- French Eutelsat satellite provider plans to gain the contract in order to build a satellite for Iran, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted the French ambassador to Tehran on Saturday.
"The Eutelsat company seeks cooperation with the Iranian Space Agency and is preparing a draft of its proposals to participate in the tender to build a satellite" for Iran, Francois Senemaud said during a meeting with Iranian Communications and Information Technology Minister Mahmoud Vaezi.
Eutelsat and the French Orange telecommunications operator are also discussing with Iranian firms methods of increasing mutual cooperation, Senemaud said.
Senemaud urged the Iran-France joint economic commission to meet before the end of this year to discuss trade ties between businesses from both sides.
Reportedly, Iran is planning an international tender for the construction of a national satellite, however the tender date has yet to be announced.