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President in a meeting with French Foreign Minister:

Nuclear agreement should lead to a better cooperation between Iran and Europe

President Hassan Rouhani said here on Wednesday that the nuclear agreement should lead to Iran’s better cooperation with Europe.

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Wed 29 - July 2015 - 14:50

President Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with Visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
'Iran and France enjoy ancient-old cooperation,' President Rouhani added.
President Hassan Rouhani says the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers should pave the way for further promotion of ties between Tehran and Europe.
Dr.Rouhani said that Iran-France cooperation over the Vienna agreement should constitute the base for future relations on the basis of mutual trust.
He said that the nuclear agreement benefits Iran, the P5+1 countries and all regional players, adding that it is a significant step in turning threats into opportunities.
Seven leading countries in the world spent lots of time and energy on the deal and so they all should spare no efforts to maintain it, he said.
President also urged all countries involved in the nuclear talks to do their utmost to “safeguard the agreement.”
President said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to help restore stability to the region.
“The Iranian government is steadfast in the path of [implementing] the agreement, and we will fulfill our commitments as long as the opposite side is committed to its obligations,” Dr.Rouhani said.
Relations between Tehran and Paris had many ups and downs after the triumph of the Islamic Revolution but 'We are looking for proper relations in the future but it is quite natural that all should take lessons from past events,' he said.
Referring to short term stay of the late Imam Khomeni in France, he said 'We seek to revive the same level of relations between the two nations with good records of economic and political cooperation.'
Both Iran and France should help preserve the nuclear deal, he said, adding that the accord can serve as foundation for other mutual or multilateral agreements with France or other European countries.
The Iranian people pay due respect to culture of the French people, he said adding that Iran avoids merely sticking to economic relations but it seeks to broaden all out cultural, scientific, technological, academic and tourism cooperation.
President Rouhani also thanked the French president for inviting him to pay an official visit to Paris.
Economic relations between Iran, France and Europe will leave positive impacts on mutual cooperation as expansion of economic, cultural, technological and scientific cooperation will be the best guarantee for such relations in the long run, said President Rouhani.
There is no doubt that the entire region will benefit from the nuclear deal between Iran and G5+1 as the deal is not against any country and 'We endeavor to resolve regional disputes in the region,' he said.
On current crisis in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, the Iranian president said all should seek a political solution and nuclear talks between Iran and G5+1 indicated that if all sides sit at the negotiation table, they could reach a mutual understanding, he said.
The French foreign minister, for his part, expressed satisfaction with his visit to Iran and extends an official invitation on behalf of French President Francois Hollande to President Rouhani to pay an official visit to France.
Paris is looking for establishment of relations with Iran based on mutual respect, he said.
Sometimes there might be ups and downs in relations between countries but the current visit should be taken as a new chapter in broadening relations between Tehran and Paris, he said.
The two sides should do their best to compensate the lost opportunities and broaden relations and cooperation, he said.
Today time is ripe for implementation of Vienna accord and France spares no effort to attain the goal, he said adding that all should try to remove obstacles to help Iran benefit from new situation after economic sanctions are lifted.
There are no serious problems between Tehran and Paris, he said adding that the French people respect the culture and independence of the Iranian people and believe that the Iranian president's upcoming visit to Paris will provide ample opportunities for expansion of mutual, regional and international cooperation.
In near future, more French companies will rush to Iran for investment in various fields such as auto making, aviation and environment protection, he said.
'Iran's position in tourism industry will be promoted and we will be happy to welcome Iranian tourists,' he said. Paris also welcomes expansion of cooperation in scientific, educational fields with Iran including exchange of university students between the two sides, said the French foreign minister.

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