Tehran ready to develop ties with Stockholm: Rouhani

Sweden is ready to open a new chapter in its bilateral ties with Iran, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a meeting with President Rouhani.

Iran has no limits to expand ties with Sweden and improved relations between Tehran and Europe can strengthen regional security, President Rouhani said in a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in New York Friday.

“The Tehran visit by a Swedish economic delegation can provide the opportunity for the private sectors in both countries to become familiar with capacities of the other side,” the president said.

President Rouhani expressed his gratitude over the sympathy of Sweden on the deaths of Iranian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia and called for cooperation in the fight against terrorism worldwide.

“Promotion of our relations with Western countries and the European Union can be a giant step toward strengthening regional security,” he added.

Lofven recalled the upcoming visit by the Swedish minister of industry to Iran and said Stockholm is interested in the promotion of its industrial and trade ties with Iran which is an important and influential actor in the region.

The Swedish premier said terrorism is a global problem and the fight against it demands joint measures, adding that Sweden is interested in cooperating with Iran in anti-terrorism.

“We are ready to open a new chapter in our bilateral relations with Iran,” he said.