Tehran welcomes cementing amicable relations with New Zealand/US administration's withdrawal from JCPOA, transferring embassy to Holy Quds two historic mistakes

President Rouhani stressed that Tehran welcomes development of friendly relations with Wellington and referred to the ample potentials for deepening of these relations.

Tue 15 - May 2018 - 14:54

Speaking in a meeting with the new Ambassador of New Zealand to Tehran on Tuesday while receiving his letter of credence, President Hassan Rouhani said: "There are good potentials for development of relations between Iran and New Zealand that must be taken advantage of and Tehran is ready to cement scientific, commercial and tourism ties with Wellington".

He also called the United States administration's withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and transferring its embassy to the Holy Quds as two historic mistakes, saying: "History will judge that these two decisions have been very incorrect and imprecise towards Iran and the peoples of the region".

Referring to the objections of the global community towards these two decisions, Dr Rouhani said: "The first outcome of the incorrect decisions is Washington's isolation in the public opinion of the world".

The President also appreciated the positive stances of New Zealand on the JCPOA and said: "2015 was the year of success of politics and diplomacy over hostility and unfriendly relations among countries and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that constructive interaction with the countries of the world and adoption of a win-win approach will be beneficial for the entire world".

Iran has always been committed to its obligations in the international stage, he said, adding that in the case of the JCPOA, 11 reports by the IAEA verify this and the US' withdrawal from the deal is a political and moral defeat for the US administration.

New Ambassador of New Zealand to Tehran Hamish MacMaster presented his letter of credence to President Rouhani and stressed that Wellington was willing to deepen and cement relations with Tehran in all fields, especially economy.

He added: "The two governments and nations of Iran and New Zealand have close, friendly relationship with each other and it is imperative that this relationship is further strengthened".

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