Rouhani: Iran, EU doing their best to shore up nuclear deal (UPDATE)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 22
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Iran and the EU are doing their best to strengthen the nuclear deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.
Rouhani made the remarks during a joint press conference with visiting Slovenian President Borut Pahor in Tehran Nov. 22, the state-run IRINN TV reported.
Iran and Slovenia discussed the importance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, aka nuclear deal) and enjoying the opportunities emerging following the deal, Rouhani said.
He further said the relations with the EU have big importance for Iran and the Slovenian president’s visit will serve to boosting mutual ties as well as ties with Europe.
Iran and Slovenia enjoy great potential to boost ties in economy, technology and trade, Rouhani said.
He added that in addition to the economic ties, the two sides also highlighted the expansion of cultural, scientific and technological relations, especially in the field of new technologies.
Global issues, including terrorism, extremism and immigration were also discussed by the two sides, Rouhani said.
The parties also talked about the recent presidential election in the US and its possible impacts on world affairs as well as regional issues, Rouhani said.
Pahor, for his turn, said his visit will open a new chapter in ties between Iran and Slovenia, adding that Ljubljana is keen to expand relations with Tehran in all fields.
He said that both Iran and Slovenia seek to remove the barriers that hinder boosting trade exchanges.
Pahor noted that the two countries share similar viewpoints on various issues.
The Slovenian president further underlined that all sides to the nuclear deal should remain committed to their obligations.
President Pahor, heading a high ranking politico-economic delegation, arrived in Tehran on Nov. 21.
He will confer with Iranian officials on ways to develop political and economic cooperation between the two countries.
Trade between Iran and Slovenia decreased in recent years.
The parties signed three MOUs on the sidelines of a meeting between Rouhani and his Slovenian counterpart Nov. 22 to cooperate in economy as well as nanotechnology and ICT.
It should be noted that Slovenia’s embassy in Tehran is due to reopen on Nov. 23.