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President: Tehran committed to JCPOA as others follow suit

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 4, IRNA -- President Hassan Rouhani appreciated Paris for its stances in favor of the JCPOA and re-emphasized the necessity for adherence of all sides to its provisions.

In a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday, President Rouhani said Tehran will remain committed as long as other parties act on the agreement.

He said the Iranian government is determined to have stable ties with France and the decision will undoubtedly fall in line with very old and friendly ties between the Iranian and French nations.

President Rouhani asserted that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for consultations on all economic, cultural and political subjects and have solid cooperation with France.

'Seven countries have reached agreement as the UN Security Council endorsed it and Iran has fully abided by its JCPOA commitments, but the US has continuously created obstacles in the way of its implementation.'

He said Iran and Europe have had very good dialogue and cooperation on regional issues, but the cooperation has nothing to do with the JCPOA and the important point at present juncture is that the EU will move in line with the US' full commitment to the accord.

'As two friendly countries we are ready to consult and cooperate on issues of mutual interest. Campaign against terrorism and helping the people facing problems and invasions all over the world and especially in our region are among subjects that Iran is ready to cooperate with all the friendly countries.'

Also referring to contagious diseases in Yemen and consecutive bombardment of defenseless cities in the country, he urged serious gesture on part of Europe, especially France, to help the oppressed people of Yemen.

'In Yemen we are witnessing war crimes and in this respect, the countries sending arms to Saudi Arabia and Arabian coalition should be accountable.'

As for Lebanon the president stressed stability and peace there, and hoped that all Lebanese groups will have good and healthy elections through their cooperation.

'We are fully ready to have multilateral cooperation with other influential countries in terms of humanitarian assistance to Syria.'

As for French president's Iran visit, he said the visit is welcomed. 'We believe Tehran-Paris cooperation can affect bilateral, regional and international relations.'

The French president said, 'I am wiling to build a clear, firm ad stable relation. Paris has employed all is efforts to defend the JCPOA and the defense is the clear and explicit line of us'

He said Iran and France shoulder a heavy responsibility regarding ongoing regional conditions and cooperation between the two countries in regional issues especially in connection with Syria and Lebanon is necessary.

He noted, 'I have always emphasized that we do not seek fresh talks on the JCPOA, but are willing to talk on other subjects.'

He said his country is interested in promoting a plan in Syria to establish stability and tranquility in the country, while seeking cooperation with Iran to promote the objective.

He hoped that he would visit Iran in the first opportune time and meet the officials.

The two presidents underlined speedy restoration of peace and tranquility in Syria and said they are ready for continued multi-lateral movement to have stable Syria.

They assigned their foreign ministers to have more consultations on the plan whose first step is shipment of humanitarian aid to Syrian people.

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