0212 GMT March 22, 2018
The president received credentials of the new ambassadors of four countries in Tehran on Saturday, president.ir reported.
In meeting with Finland’s new ambassador, Rouhani called on Finnish investors to take the opportunity and work with the Iranian private sector.
The Finnish entrepreneurs and investors can have an “active presence” in Iran, the president noted, stressing the need for the expansion of scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The incoming envoy, Keijo Norvanto, hailed the growing ties between Tehran and Helsinki in recent years, saying he is proud to serve in Iran.
The ambassador also called for efforts to implement the previous agreements between the Finnish and Iranian investors, business people and trade delegations.
Diplomatic and trade relations between Iran and European countries have improved greatly since the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and P5+1 Group – Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany.
Closer economic cooperation with the Philippines
During a meeting with the Philippines’ new ambassador to Iran, Wilfredo Santos, Rouhani highlighted the importance of relations with the country, saying the Islamic Republic welcomes closer cooperation with the Southeast Asian country in all fields, the economy in particular.
The president hailed the developing ties between Tehran and Manila as “good and friendly.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the promotion of cooperation with the Philippines particularly in the economic sector,” he said, adding that grounds are provided for closer ties between the two countries.
Santos said that Manila feels the need more than ever to cement its relations with Tehran, especially in the areas of the economy and investment.
Iran and the Philippines started bilateral relations in 1974. In recent years, especially since the coming into force of the JPOCA, the 2015 nuclear deal that terminated all nuclear-related anti-Tehran sanctions, the two countries have expressed their desire to work to enhance the existing friendly relations and to increase cooperation in various political, economic and cultural areas.
Sri Lankan ties
At a meeting with Sri Lanka’s new ambassador to Iran, Sharif Anis, the president said Tehran and Colombo are determined to promote their bilateral ties in all political, economic and cultural areas.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to expand and strengthen commercial, economic, scientific and cultural relations with Sri Lanka,” he said.
Rouhani also stressed the need for further efforts to develop banking ties between the two countries.
Anis hailed Tehran-Colombo relations in various cultural, political, and economic areas as age-old and called for efforts to boost cooperation in all spheres.
Helping Tanzania in energy industry
President Rouhani voiced the country’s readiness to share its experiences in the energy and mining industries with Tanzania.
Iran is prepared to provide Tanzania with its expertise in the fields of energy and mining, Rouhani said in a meeting with the African country’s new ambassador.
Hailing Tanzania as an “important gateway” to East Africa, the president said given Iran’s position and capabilities, closer ties between Tehran and Dodoma would be of “regional significance.”
The new accredited envoy, Mubarak Nasser Mubarak, for his part, expressed Tanzania’s willingness to strengthen political and economic relations with Iran.
Praising Iran’s scientific and technical progress, particularly in the energy industry, the ambassador said his country hopes to take advantage of the Islamic Republic’s experience in various fields.
President Rouhani has repeatedly stressed his government’s interest in boosting relations with African states.