Iran, Germany must boost anti-terror cooperation: Rouhani

Iran and Germany can cooperate to settle regional and international problems, President Rouhani said at a meeting with the German top diplomat.

President Rouhani has said Iran and Germany play a very important role in regional and international developments and added that the two countries need to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

At a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Tehran Saturday, Rouhani stressed the importance of cooperation among all countries in fighting terrorism.

“Iran and Germany can, in addition to efforts to promote mutual relations, cooperate with each other to settle regional and international problems, particularly for [the establishment of] regional peace and stability and a more effective fight against terrorism,” the president said.

He said that countries may have different views on ways to solve global issues but all nations need to remain committed to basic principles and avoid adopting double standards in putting an end to the scourge of terrorism.

He also described certain countries’ lack of seriousness as one of the obstacles hindering an effective and decisive campaign against terrorism.

Necessity for JCPOA implementation

The president said careful implementation of a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and P5+1 in mid-July would serve the interests of all.

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“Efforts by the nuclear negotiating sides must be [aimed at] the complete fulfillment of all commitments so that all seven countries feel that they have benefited from the agreement,” President Rouhani said.

He also called on Iran and Germany to make use of opportunities created following the nuclear agreement to strengthen relations in all areas of interest.

Germany’s willingness to enhance Iran ties

The German foreign minister, for his part, expressed his country’s willingness to revive high-level ties with Iran given the two countries’ great potential.

Steinmeier added that various countries hold different positions on regional developments based on their national interests but called on all states to bridge differences and find a common stance on the fight against terrorism.

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