0403 GMT July 22, 2019
The Islamic Republic denounces the killing of people in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Syria, as it condemns terrorist attacks in European capitals including the incidents in Paris that left 17 people dead, Rouhani said in a meeting with Foreign Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides in Tehran on Sunday.
"We should prevent the spread of violence and extremism in the Middle East and around the Mediterranean Sea by boosting cooperation in the fight against violence and extremism," Rouhani said.
He also called for expansion of ties between Iran and Cyprus in all fields.
"Cyprus, as a member of the European Union, could play an effective role in strengthening relations and cooperation between Iran and the EU," he said.
Kasoulides also said that there is a need for cooperation between the two states in fighting terrorism and extremism.
Double standards on terrorism
Earlier, in a joint press conference with Kasoulides, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there should be an end to the double-standard policies adopted by certain countries with regard to terrorism.
Referring to the recent terrorist attacks in France, Iran's foreign minister said that the world needs a comprehensive response based on a global consensus.
Iran swiftly condemned the incidents in Paris because there was no connection between the acts of violence and Islam, Zarif said.
He added that his talks with Kasoulides focused on security cooperation between Iran and Cyprus and fighting terrorism in the region.
"Cyprus as a neighbor of Syria and Lebanon can play a positive role" in ending the crises in the two Arab countries," Zarif said.
Kasoulides, for his part, described Iran as an important regional power which can help establish peace in the region.
The Cypriot official was scheduled to hold separate meetings with Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and other top Iranian officials.