Rouhani: Tension among neighboring states harms regional stability

Tehran, Jan 25, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that tensions among neighboring states will harm stability and security of the entire region.
President Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Georgian Parliament Speaker David Usupashvili in Tehran.

To restore peace and stability to the region, all should respect each other’s geographical borders and try to resolve disputes through negotiations, said President Rouhani.

The Islamic Republic of Iran calls for close relations between the two countries and the visit of the Georgian parliament speaker could be effective in broadening bilateral relations, he said.

Referring to historical and cultural relations and affinity between Iran and Georgia, he called for boosting of relations and making use of existing potentialities in all fields.

It will be advisable to give much play active role to the privates sectors to bolster and broaden scope of economic cooperation between the two countries, he said.

Georgia could help Iran export its gas to Europe and also connect the country’s North to South rail track corridor linking Georgian ports to Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman, he said.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to broaden scientific and cultural cooperation with Georgia, President Rouhani said.

All countries in the region should cooperate to help resolve regional disputes in order to restore stability and security, he said, adding that all should keep in mind that problems and disputes should be resolved through talks.

Referring to Charlie Hebdo sacrilegious cartoon, the president said there should be friendly and close relations between religions, cultures and thoughts.

‘We believe that all should respect divine prophets and religions,’ underlined President Rouhani.

All should respect each other’s cultures and it is not possible to respect one nation while insulting its culture and religion, he said.

It is necessary for all countries to strongly deal with extremism, violence and terrorism, Rouhani said.

Close cooperation between the two parliaments would help expand relations between the two countries, Rouhani said and called for exchange of more visits between the two sides’ parliamentarians.

The Georgian parliament speaker, for his part, said there is very good economic cooperation between the two countries and Georgia is determined to broaden such cooperation.

The two sides should take significant steps to broaden cooperation in various sectors, said the Georgian parliament speaker.

‘Under the current complicated situation in the region, we hope relations between Iran and Georgia would turn into an exemplary model for the region as well as the world,’ he said.

He expressed the hope that positive results of nuclear talks between Iran and G5+1 would help expand economic cooperation with other countries of the world including Georgia.

The Islamic Republic of Iran can play a positive role in establishing peace and stability in the region mainly in South Caucasus, said the Georgian parliament speaker.



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