New York, Sept 27, IRNA – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and French President François Hollande met here on Sunday discussing new areas of cooperation between Tehran and Paris under the post-sanction conditions.
President Rouhani called for formulating of the roadmap for comprehensive development of the bilateral cooperation and said, ‘Iran is ready to cooperate with France in transport, science, and modern technology including the peaceful nuclear energy.’
On the nuclear Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Iran and P5+1 group of world powers, including France, he sadded, ‘All parties have to carry out their undertakings so that the agreement will be put into operation and its foundations are fortified.’
He welcomed expansion of political, economic, and cultural ties with France and said, Iran’s unique geographical location, educated human resource, being a center of stability and security, and its energy capacities are foundations for the enhanced ties.
Referring to common views of Iran and France on certain regional issues, he said, ‘Both countries can strengthen their consultations on fighting against terrorism, and establishment of peace and stability in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.’
He thanked the French government for expressing sympathies over the death of Iranian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, and said the Suadi government has to carry out its ethical and legal duties.
The French president supported the nuclear deal between Iran and 5+1 and said, ‘All should focus their efforts on full implementation of the agreement.’
Referring to the visit of various trade delegations to Iran including a recent one by a French businessmen, he said, ‘We have to raise the Tehran-Paris ties to an acceptable level step by step. The French government is determined to develop the cooperation with Iran.’
‘Iran is a major regional actor,’ Hollande added, ‘In the new era and considering its special stand, Iran can play a balancing role in the region.’
He expressed the hope that during President Rouhani’s upcoming visit to Paris, both sides can review ways of deepening of bilateral cooperation.
The two presidents also exchanged views on the situation in Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon.