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Iran, Germany must boost anti-terror cooperation: Rouhani

Source: Press TV

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) meets with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Tehran on October 17, 2015. (Photo by Islamic Republic News Agency)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Iran and Germany play a very important and instrumental role in regional and international developments, stressing that the two countries need to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

In a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Tehran on Saturday, Rouhani stressed the importance of cooperation among all countries in fighting terrorism.

“Iran and Germany can, in addition to efforts to promote mutual relations, cooperate with each other to settle regional and international problems, particularly for [the establishment of] regional peace and stability and a more effective fight against terrorism,” the Iranian president stated.

He said that countries may have different views on ways to solve global issues but stressed that all nations need to remain committed to basic principles and avoid adopting double standard policies on putting an end to the scourge of terrorism.

He also cited certain countries’ lack of seriousness as one of the obstacles hindering an effective and decisive campaign against terrorism.

Iran's President Rouhani (R) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier shake hands
(photo by Islamic Republic News Agency)

Necessity for JCPOA implementation

Elsewhere, the Iranian president said the careful implementation of a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of world countries in mid-July would serve the interests of all.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia - plus Germany finalized the text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as JCPOA, over Iran’s nuclear program in the Austrian capital of Vienna on July 14.

Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.

“Efforts by the nuclear negotiating sides must be [aimed at] the complete fulfillment of all commitment so that all the seven countries feel that they have benefited from the agreement,” Rouhani said.

He also called on Iran and Germany to make use of opportunities created following the nuclear agreement to strengthen relations in all issues of common interests.

Germany’s willingness to enhance Iran ties

For his part, the German foreign minister expressed his country’s willingness to revive high-level ties with Iran given the two countries’ great potential.

Steinmeier added that various countries hold different positions on regional developments based on their national interests but called on all states to bridge differences and find a common stance on the fight against terrorism.


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