News ID: 174837
Published: 0520 GMT December 31, 2016

Rouhani: Iran, Germany to generate a leap in bilateral ties

Rouhani: Iran, Germany to generate a leap in bilateral ties

President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Germany’s new Ambassador to Tehran Michael Klor-Berchtold on Saturday said that the countries’ respective capacities should be used to generate a leap in bilateral cooperation in all areas.

Germany has always been defined for Iran as a European country with “good traditional” ties with the Islamic Republic and Iran’s “first trade partner” in the EU, the president noted.

He hailed that the bilateral ties had witnessed an upward trend following the conclusion of the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He also thanked Berlin for its instrumental role in the conclusion of the accord and insisted that the European state continue performing its positive role in sustaining the agreement.

The German envoy communicated his country’s seriousness in furthering its ties with Iran in all sectors, especially in modern technology.

“Germany is committed to the complete and precise implementation of the JCPOA and will use everything in its power to ensure the complete implementation of the accord on the part of other countries,” he said.

Germany is a party to the JCPOA. So are the US, the UK, France, Russia, and China.

Klor-Berchtold also stressed that Iran and Germany had to enhance cooperation in issues concerning regional affairs too and called Iran “a very important regional player without whose participation no [required] solution can come about.”


Enhanced ties with EU

President Rouhani also on Saturday welcomed expansion of bilateral relations with the European Union during a meeting with Romania’s new Ambassador to Tehran Adrian Kozjacski, who submitted his credentials during the meeting.

“The Islamic Republic welcomes the expansion of cooperation in all areas with the European Union, including with Romania,” he said, Press TV reported.

There is nothing in the way of the improvement of mutual relations with Romania, the president said, adding that the two countries enjoyed many capacities that could be used toward that purpose.

Rouhani said, given Iran’s interest in reinforcing the transportation channels leading to and from the country, especially railways, Romania can act as the Islamic Republic’s gateway to Europe via the Black Sea and can in return enjoy more expeditious access to Middle Eastern and Asian markets through Iran.

The president also said that Iran and Romania’s joint economic commission is expected to meet in the future in the Romanian capital of Bucharest.

He urged Romania to avail itself of the opportunities that have come about on the back of Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers by boosting cooperation with the Islamic Republic in the banking and insurance sectors.

Kozjacski said Bucharest was determined to expand its relations with Iran in all areas of interest.

Speaking to the Ecuadorian ambassador, he said boosting ties with Latin American countries is a principle in Iran’s foreign policy. 

Separately, the Iranian president met with Iran’s new envoys to Tanzania, Belarus, Ethiopia, Uruguay, Georgia, Brazil, and North Korea.

“The Government of Prudence and Hope is endeavoring to expand friendly ties with all countries,” he said at the meeting, referring to his administration.

“The government has always laid emphasis on boosting relations on the international arena on the basis of mutual respect and common interests,” he added, and urged the envoys to work toward that goal.

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