0339 GMT January 23, 2018
“The nuclear agreement should mark [Iran’s] better cooperation with Europe,” Rouhani said in a meeting with visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Tehran on Wednesday, Press TV reported.
Rouhani said that Iran-France cooperation over the Vienna agreement should constitute the base for future relations on the basis of mutual trust.
He said that the nuclear agreement benefits Iran, the P5+1 countries and all regional players, adding that it is a significant step in turning threats into opportunities.
The Iranian president also urged all countries involved in the nuclear talks to do their utmost to “safeguard the agreement”.
“The Iranian government is steadfast in the path of [implementing] the agreement and we will fulfill our commitments as long as the opposite side is committed to its obligations,” Rouhani said.
Fabius said French companies are eager to return to the Iranian market for job-creating investment, stressing the need for Paris to make up for lost opportunities in relations with Iran.
He invited Rouhani to visit France on behalf of French President François Hollande.
The French foreign minister arrived in Tehran on Wednesday for a daylong visit to hold talks with high-ranking officials.
Earlier in the day, he held talks with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and then attended a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart.
Zarif said the implementation of the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers will improve the Islamic Republic’s ties with France.
“The implementation of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) will prepare the ground for broader cooperation between the two countries on such areas as energy, transportation, auto-making industries and other fields in which Iran and France previously had cooperation,” Zarif said.
The Iranian minister added he held “good” discussions with his French counterpart in Tehran on ways to promote Tehran-Paris cooperation in various sectors and noted that a French economic delegation would travel to Tehran by the end of this summer.
“During [our] talks today, we agreed to expand political dialogue between the two countries,” Zarif pointed out.
Zarif said he and the French foreign minister discussed the importance of regional cooperation to fight terrorism and extremism.
“Fight against extremism and terrorism, fight against smuggling of drugs and cooperation on the environment can be served as grounds for cooperation between the two countries,” he added.
The visit by Fabius is the first by a French foreign minister to Iran in 12 years.