French FM: Iran can be a great partner for France
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called for long-term cooperation with Iran, and described Tehran as a great trade partner for Paris, IRNA reported.
The French foreign minister made the remarks in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif here on Wednesday.
“We want to have long-term cooperation with Iran,” the French foreign minister said.
“After President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to France, we are happy that you are our guest,” Ayrault added.
He congratulated Zarif for the nuclear agreement, and described it as historical response to Iran’s nuclear program.
“Of course this was a difficult subject and it is important for us and shows many solutions to us,” Ayrault said.
He reiterated that the nuclear agreement benefits both sides, and said, “A new way opened for Iran after this agreement and France can be a great partner.”
Ayrault said that he held talks with Zarif on issues related to Syria, Lebanon and the painful situation of Yemen that has influenced the region.
“The region needs peace and it is important; we want to have a long-term cooperation with Iran,” he added.