Disputes can be settled via mutual respect, says Rouhani
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 10
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
The most complicated disputes in the world can be settled through mutual respect, said Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.
He made the remarks during a meeting with foreign ambassadors and diplomats in Tehran Feb. 9, Iran's state IRINN TV reported.
"The nuclear talks indicated that the most complicated global issues can be settled with help of better alternatives such as logic, reasoning, mutual respect and cooperation within the framework of international laws, instead of violence, pressure, and sanctions," Rouhani said.
Following several months of talks, Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries reached a deal dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last year to curb Iran's nuclear activities in exchange to removal of international sanctions.
Last month, the US and the EU lifted their nuclear-related sanctions, as the deal came into force.
Rouhani further said the nuclear deal showed that Iranophobia is baseless, adding certain countries are seeking new excuses to promote Iranophobia.
"Some claim that Iran seeks to dominate the region, which is baseless," Rouhani said, adding that Iran doesn't interfere in the internal affairs of any country and doesn't seek to dominate any country.
Noting that stability and security in the region has high importance for Iran, Rouhani expressed readiness for fighting terrorism and extremism and promoting friendly ties with other countries.
He underlined that terrorism is threatening not only the Middle East, but also the entire world.
"Combating terror, violence and extremism is not possible with slogans, bombs and missiles," Rouhani said, adding the region's problems should be settled in order to end terrorism.