Business before animosity: Three Iranian businessmen are expected to attend Agritech Israel 2012, where they will buy advanced agricultural equipment, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday.
Set for mid May, Agritech – the 18th International Agricultural Technology Exhibition – is one of the world’s leading exhibitions in the field of agricultural technologies. The three-day show will be held in Tel Aviv.
According to the report, the three Tehran-based businessmen – who have dual passports – have contacted the expo's organizers and expressed interest in attending the exhibition and purchasing hothouse equipment.
Agritech 2012 will include 200 companies and will feature various technological innovations in the field of desert agriculture.
The organizers were taken aback, as Iran and Israel have no diplomatic or trade ties of any kind, especially considering tensions over Iran's nuclear program.
Still, the annual Agritech expo has been known to attract visitors from various Arab and Muslim nations. Past visitors included delegates from Jordan and Turkey and even delegates from Arab nations that have no formal ties with Israel, such as Iraq and the United Arab Emirates.
The report noted that should any deals mature during the exhibition, the equipment will be transferred to Iran via a third party.