Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 27
By Fatih Karimov- Trend:
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said that the countries should help each other to reach an optimal point with regard to the human rights.
He made the remarks during a joint press conference in Tehran with his visiting Swiss counterpart, Johann Schneider-Ammann Feb. 27, the Iranian state-run IRINN TV reported.
Rouhani said that he discussed human rights issues as well as problems the Muslims are facing in the EU due to Islamophobia, with his Swiss counterpart.
"We believe that the human rights is not at perfect point nowhere in the world and the countries should help each other reach optimal point regarding it," Rouhani said.
He further said that regional issues including crisis in Syria, Yemen and Libya were discussed during the meeting. Rouhani added that cooperation and consultation among countries is only way to fight terrorism across the world.
Iran and Switzerland can cooperate in providing humanitarian aid to asylum seekers, he said, underling that the two parties share same stance on mutual, regional issues.
"We discussed issues of mutual interest especially in the field of economic cooperation," Rouhani further added.
Banking, industry, transportation and agricultural cooperation as well as issues related to cultural, academic, scientific and technical relations were discussed by the two sides, he added.
Iran and Switzerland will sign six agreements for technical and scientific cooperation, Rouhani said.
He added that Tehran and Bern agreed to boost cooperation in tourism sector as well.
The two countries also agreed to continue cooperation for Iran's membership in the World Trade Organization, the Iranian president said.
He also noted that Iran is ready to attract investment in upstream energy sector as well as tourism.
While responding to a question about promoting Iran's private sector activity, Rouhani said that economic monopolies must be eliminated to pave way for private sector's activity.
Schneider-Ammann, for his turn, said that the two sides have drawn up a roadmap for two countries cooperation in coming years.
He underlined that efficient banking system is needed to promote economic cooperation between the two countries, adding parallel political steps are needed to boost, banking and economic relations between Iran and Switzerland.
Regarding to the human rights issue, Schneider-Ammann said that the two countries should continue dialogue on that.
Schneider-Ammann, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Tehran Feb. 26 at president Rouhani's official invitation.
He will hold talks with senior Iranian officials and discuss ways to improve mutual, regional and international relations, signing agreements in various fields.
According to media reports Tehran and Bern are expected to sign agreements in economy, banking cooperation, politics and culture sectors.
Following the implementation of a nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers a number of world leaders have visited Tehran aimed at the expansion of bilateral ties.
Over the past decade in a bid to curb Iran's nuclear program, the international community took measures against Tehran, including restrictions imposed on the country's financial system, as well as industry, which have had a catastrophic impact on Iranians' economic situation and life conditions.
Following the long-awaited nuclear deal clinched between Tehran and the world major powers most of the international sanctions against Tehran were lifted on Jan. 16.
Countries must co-op to reach optimal point in human rights – Rouhani (UPDATE)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 27