Iran keen on closer cooperation with EU countries


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that the Islamic Republic is willing to boost relations with the member states of the European Union, in all areas of mutual interest.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran and Romania have many capacities which should be tapped to promote mutual cooperation,” President Rouhani said in a Saturday meeting with Romania’s new Ambassador to Iran, Adrian Kozjacski.

Tehran welcomes expansion of relations with the EU member states, including Romania, in all fields, he said.

The two countries can act as gateways providing access to the Asian and European markets for one another, Rouhani said, adding, “Romania can have access to the Asian and Middle Eastern markets easier and faster through Iran.”

Kozjacski, for his part, underlined that Bucharest is resolved to promote relations with Tehran in all fields of mutual interest.

During the meeting, the Romanian diplomat submitted his credentials to the Iranian president.

There has been a new wave of interest in ties with Iran, especially among European countries, since Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14, 2015 reached a conclusion over the text of a comprehensive 159-page deal on Tehran’s nuclear program and started implementing it on January 16.

The comprehensive nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), terminated all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran.