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President at the meeting of high-ranking delegations of Iran and Finland:

No obstacle in deepening Tehran-Helsinki ties/Int’l cooperation essential for humanitarian aid to Syria, Yemen

Iran and Finland have ample opportunities to develop ties in various fields, President Rouhani said in the meeting of high-ranking delegations of Iran and Finland on Wednesday.

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He added: “We are happy to see serious resolve from both sides to develop ties and without a doubt, this visit is a turning point in promoting relations between Iran and Finland”.

Referring to figures from Iran’s customs department, Dr Rouhani said: “Trade balance between the two countries has significantly increased but this is not in accordance with the capabilities and opportunities the two countries have”.

“There is no obstacle on the way of development of Tehran-Helsinki ties,” continued Rouhani mentioning cultural commonalities between the two nations.

He added: “Sanctions, which were the main obstacle on the way of development of ties between the two countries, have been lifted and we should compensate for the shortcomings”.

President Rouhani also mentioned banking relations as an essential requirement for further economic relations.

“Today, we should increase private sectors’ knowledge of each other,” he added.

Dr Rouhani went on saying that Iran and Finland can cooperate in the fields of health, environment, forest protection, ICT, and technical and engineering projects.

He also referred to signing of cooperation documents and said: “In the future, more cooperation documents will be signed which can further deepen economic relations”.

Voicing Iran’s willingness to cement ties with EU member countries, Dr Rouhani said: “We currently have ample opportunities for development in various fields such as industry, energy, transportation and communications in Iran and we welcome cooperation by Finnish investors and companies”.

President Rouhani also stressed consultation and cooperation between Iran and Finland over resolving regional and global issues, and said: “We believe that current issues in the region have political solutions and combatting terrorism is everybody’s responsibility”.

Iran is ready to cooperate and discuss social and legal issues, including sharing experience in civil and human rights, as well as fighting drugs, continued the President.

He also said that extremism is a very important issue and the root of terrorism and that Iran is ready to cooperate more with the European Union in regional issues.

“Based on Iran’s WAVE proposal to the United Nations, we are ready to cooperate with the world in fighting extremism, violence and terrorism”.

President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö said: “I am confident that this visit will develop relations between Iran and Finland”.

He continued: “Finland is ready to cooperate with Iran in fostering Iran-EU ties”.

“Helsinki supports Iran’s membership in WTO,” continued President Niinistö.

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