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President Rouhani confers with Italy's Prime Minister

President Hassan Rouhani meets with Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta in New York on the sidelines of the 68th annual session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

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Fri 27 - September 2013 - 06:36

President Rouhani has reiterated the country’s readiness to allay the alleged concerns over its nuclear energy program, saying Italy can be part of the solution to the issue.
“As a member of the European Union (EU), Italy can cooperate to resolve the nuclear issue,” said Dr.Rouhani.
“Sanctions have had no bearing on Iran’s nuclear program, and have only put people under pressure. We regard these sanctions as illegal and inhuman,” the president stated.
President Rouhani further pointed to Iran’s deep-rooted relations with Italy and stressed the importance of improving mutual ties in economic, cultural, scientific, academic and tourism fields.
He said Iran is ready to meet Italy’s energy needs, adding,”In this regard, bilateral ties can be expanded.”
The Italian premier, for his part, said Rome regards itself as a “bridge” between Iran and the West, and added that when his country assumes the rotating presidency of the European Union in 2016, it will try its utmost to further strengthen Rome-Tehran ties.
He emphasized that Italy supports nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - China, Russia, France, Britain, the US - and Germany aimed at clearing up misunderstandings.
Italy seeks to be a reliable partner for Iran, he said.



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