Iran President Calls for Promotion of Ties with Spain

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the full implementation of the Iran nuclear deal will pave the way for expansion of relations between Iran and the EU member states, Spain in particular.

In a Wednesday meeting with visiting Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis, Rouhani said strengthening of relations between Iran and Spain in the banking field provides the two sides with a firm basis on which they can further increase their economic relations.

The Iranian president noted that there has been an appropriate ground for enhancing cooperation between Iran and the European Union after the Iranian nuclear deal signed in 2015, a Farsi report by the president’s official website said.

He underlined that full implementation of the JCPOA is in the interest of the region and the whole world and facilitates enhancing relations between Iran and the EU.

“The deal came into fruition following hard efforts and marathon talks between Iran and the EU. So, all sides have to remain committed to the deal,” he added.

He categorically rejected any proposal to hold new round of talks on the JCPOA and noted the Islamic Republic of Iran will remain committed to the deal as far as the other sides are committed.

President Rouhani then cited restoring regional security, putting an end to Yemen’s war and waging war on terror as the main fields in which Iran and the EU can establish positive cooperation.

He also underlined that following their heavy defeats in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist groups have spread across the region.

Iranian president also warned against the arms race in the region, saying “all states should play their role in preventing the region from turning into an arsenal.”

For his part, the Spanish foreign minister praised Iran’s regional role and expressed hope that the strengthening of ties between Iran and Spain could lead to further stability and public prosperity for the region.

Dastis arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for a two-day visit to hold talks on bilateral and regional issues.

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