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President: No reason to maintain sanctions

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 1, IRNA -- President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that basis for nuclear talks is to try to find common grounds and mutual confidence-building and that there is no reason to maintain sanctions.

According to the Presidential Office, President Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Paulo Gentiloni.

Rouhani said that the increase in consultations between senior officials of the two countries and trade delegation reciprocal visits would help enhance level of economic cooperation.

He said that cooperation between Iran and Italy is beneficial to the two states, the region and the entire world as well.

Referring to longstanding economic and cultural cooperation between Iran and Italy, President Rouhani said that the two governments have positive and growing political resolve to develop trade and commerce.

Referring to constructive role of Italy in the course of nuclear talks with the western governments, President Rouhani underlined that unfortunately in recent years sanctions with unjustified basis have damaged everybody, including the European Union countries.

Iran has always been committed to its obligations and Iran is so serious in settlement of the nuclear dispute, the president said.

He said that there is no way except negotiation to settle the dispute and that basis for holding nuclear talks is to find common grounds and mutual confidence and that sanctions should be removed immediately.

President Rouhani said that terrorism has posed major threat to the international community and that it needs a global cooperation to get rid of menaces of terrorism.

Rouhani said that the Iranian government had repeatedly warned western governments that if they support terrorism in countries like Syria, Iraq and Libya, they will face such threats in their own homelands as well.

President Rouhani stressed that he is pleased with Iran being a big supporter for nations and governments fighting with terrorism and that Iran will never leave alone its neighbors in fight against terrorism.

The Italian Foreign Minister, for his part, appreciated President Rouhani views on his country's history and role and added that the two countries in spite of ups and downs in ties for past decades, still keep their own historical relations.

Gentiloni said that the aim of his visit to Iran is to declare resolve of Italian government to expand ties with Iran.

He said that the Iranian and Italian governments have mutual cooperation in the field of campaign against drug-trafficking and that the two countries should take bigger steps in economic cooperation and should not wait for results of Geneva talks.

In recent months, 'we witness presence of Italian large and small economic companies in Iran', the Italian foreign minister said.

He added that although commercial exchanges between Iran and Italy have fallen behind the level of the past, but comparing to the past several years it has enjoyed a growth.

The Italian senior diplomat said that he will tell to Italians that in spite of imposed sanctions there are plenty of capacities for constructive cooperation between the two countries.

\Gentiloni underlined that access to a nuclear agreement is useful for Iran, Italy and world community and expressed his full support for the talks and wished for nuclear agreement to be achieved soon.


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