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President Rouhani in the meeting of high-ranking delegations of Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Development of Tehran-Sarajevo ties in all field essential/Peace, stability possible through balanced interests between nations

“The Islamic Republic of Iran was among the first countries to recognise Bosnia and Herzegovina after its independence and Tehran always welcomes friendly and close relations with the country,” said President Rouhani in the meeting of high-ranking delegations of Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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In the meeting that was held on Tuesday in Tehran, Dr Rouhani added: “The Islamic Republic of Iran is firmly determined to deepen ties with Bosnia and Herzegovina and today, we are happy that both countries’ high-ranking officials are firm about developing these ties”.

He also said that the two countries’ private sectors should further promote cooperation and added: “We should also attempt to develop ties in various fields, such as science, culture and tourism”.

Referring to peaceful coexistence among all ethnic and religious groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr Rouhani said: “Development and advancement can be achieved if all ethnic and religious groups have friendly relations and Tehran supports peace and cooperation among all groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

Iran believes in the policy of dialogue and win-win approach, said Rouhani adding: “Today, peace and stability is possible through balance of between-nations interests, not by balance of terror”.

Dr Rouhani also said that extremist account of Islam are completely different from the true Islam, and added: “Al-Qaida and Daesh terrorists, who are committing crimes believe neither in Islam, nor in God and spirituality”.

“Countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria, in the east and west of Iran, are dealing with terrorism for years,” continued Rouhani saying: “The Islamic Republic of Iran has not hesitated in helping Iraq and Syria upon requests by their governments”.

“But some western countries have made a big mistake in analysing the situation and still think that they can use terrorism as a tool to advance their goals in the region,” continued the President.

He added: “Today, terrorism and extremism are two big problems for the whole world”.

Stressing cooperation between all countries to root out terrorism, he said: “We have no way other than moderation in views, respecting geographical borders and other countries’ independence, and cooperation by all to establish peace and stability in the region and the world”.

“We are ready to develop ties with Bosnia and Herzegovina and development of tourism is one of the useful fields for cooperation between the two countries”.

At the same meeting, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegović said: “Sarajevo is determined to promote political, economic and banking ties with Tehran”.

 “Unfortunately because of the sanctions, the level of relations between the two countries decreased in the past years but today, those circumstances are behind us and we are ready to further cement ties with Iran,” he said.

The President of Bosnia and Herzegovina added: “Regarding our country’s agreement with the European Union, we can be a gate for Iran to help it access European markets and, conversely, Iran can be our gate to access Asian markets”.

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