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President in a meeting with Bulgarian FM:

Tehran determined to bolster ties with EU esp. Bulgaria/IAEA Board’s resolution shows Iran’s commitment to int’l obligations/European countries responsible for the displaced

Iran and Bulgaria have strategic geographical situations and can use this to the advantage of bolstering ties, President Rouhani said referring to historic relations between governments and nations of Iran and Bulgaria in a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Bulgaria.

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Sun 20 - December 2015 - 19:16

President Rouhani met with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov late on Sunday in Tehran and said: “Conditions are ripe for more development in Tehran ties with the EU, especially Bulgaria” referring to favourable conditions as a result of post-sanctions era.

Dr Rouhani added: “Bulgaria is, on the one hand, a friend country and, on the other hand, a gate opening to the EU and it can act as a significant route to the EU for Iran and other countries of the region. Furthermore, Bulgaria and the EU can be linked to Oman Sea and the Indian Ocean through Iran”.

On the latest resolution by the Board of Governors of the IAEA about Iran, he continued: “This resolution clearly showed that Iran’s nuclear program has always been peaceful and Tehran is committed to its international obligations”.

Dr Rouhani continued: “Tehran is currently determined to expand political, economic, and cultural ties with EU member countries”.

Referring to sensitivity of the developments of the region, especially Syria, he said: “The current conditions of the region are worrying and all countries should try to fight terrorism and establish peace and stability in the region and should consider it as a duty”.

“Consultation should be encouraged in important regional issues which all countries are concerned with” continued Rouhani.

President also underscored: “Protecting other countries’ territorial integrity and respecting their geographical boundaries is of great importance for Iran because tension in countries’ borders can drag the whole region into instability”.

Noting that human issues are very important, he continued: “Helping people who have been displaced from their homes is a big humanitarian responsibility and there is no difference between Muslims, Christians, and followers of other religions and nationalities in this regard and if any human encounters a difficulty, we are responsible to help them”.

“In the current conditions, EU member countries, especially those who have closer borders with Syria, have a serious humanitarian responsibility” added Rouhani.

In this meeting, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov also conveyed a hello message from his country's President and Prime Minister and said: “Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran has a key role not only in the region, but also in the world and Sofia is determined to develop ties with Iran in all areas” especially energy.

“Lift of sanctions against Iran has started a favourable process and Bulgaria, for its part, will help to completely lift the sanctions in order to bolster EU and the world relations with Iran” added Mitov.

He also praised Iran’s constructive role in regional issues and Syria and combatting terrorism and said: “Bulgaria supports Iran’s presence in Vienna negotiations”.

On Syria, he described his country’s stance as supporting Syria’s territorial integrity and comprehensive elections.

“Iran can be a good role model for other countries regarding peaceful coexistence of religions and ethnicities” said Mitov.

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