President: Iran to guarantee long-term energy security


TEHRAN, Oct 29 (Shana) – President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Iran, a country rich in energy, can guarantee long-term energy security.

President Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with visiting EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini in Tehran on Saturday.

He said through benefiting from its capabilities in rail roads, road and air transportation, it will be able to turn into a safe path for transit of energy from north and east Asia to Europe.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has fully adhered to all its JCPOA commitments and expects the other party to reciprocate, said the president.

Having numerous educated workforce and its significant status in a marketplace with over 400 million people, grounds are well prepared for expansion of commercial, economic, scientific, technological and tourism cooperation between Iran and European Union, he said.

He also expressed the hope that Iran and European Union will make use of their existing opportunities to broaden cooperation in line with their interests.

There are some countries in the region which have not experienced democracy and free elections and have launched crackdown under the name of Islam which runs counter to principles of humanity and civil rights mainly on women, Rouhani said.

He went on to say that Iran is ready to broaden cooperation with the European Union for promotion of civil rights in the region.

European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, for her part said implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has created a suitable opportunity to broaden cooperation.

The EU is duty bound to remain committed to its pledges on sound implementation of the JCPOA and is determined to broaden economic cooperation with Iran in line with both sides’ interests, she said.

Economic relations between Iran and the EU have registered a 43 percent increase in the past one year and many European banks are ready to resume activities in Iran, She said.

Referring to positive historical ties between Iran and European Union, grounds are well prepared for expansion of commercial, economic, cultural, scientific, technological know-how, education and tourism, Mogherini said.

There is no doubt that the diplomatic experiences can help resolve regional issues in Syria and Yemen, she said.

The EU is in dire need of Iran’s assistance as a key regional power in resolving regional issues, she said.

Dispatch of relief aid to needy people in Syria and Yemen should be eased, she said.