Iran ready to deepen ties with UK in all fields/Facilitating proper banking cooperation an important step in developing economic relations/Iran ready for constructive cooperation with UK on regional issues

In a meeting with the British Prime Minister, President Rouhani emphasised that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to deepen and cement its relations with the United Kingdom in all fields, welcoming the strong support of the European Union and the United Kingdom from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Wed 20 - September 2017 - 20:52

In the meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday in New York, Dr Hassan Rouhani said: "The JCPOA was reached with long and hard efforts of seven countries, and all of these countries should be fully committed to their commitments in preserving it".

The president emphasised the importance of the UK's support of the JCPOA, saying: "Everyone needs to do their best for sustainability of the JCPOA and the interests of all sides, because now the world's perspective is whether diplomacy and consensus can be successful for solving problems?"

Facilitating proper banking cooperation is an important step in the development of economic relations, said the president, expressing hope that with regard to the British Prime Minister's words, appropriate banking relations be developed for the promotion of Tehran-London economic relations.

"Tehran is ready to engage in constructive cooperation with the United Kingdom on regional issues," said Rouhani, stressing Tehran's constructive and positive role in countering regional terrorism.

  1. Rouhani mentioned the efforts to stabilise Iraq and drive terrorists out of the country, saying: "In Iraq, the first important issue was to drive out the terrorists, which is going well. The second issue is close cooperation between Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, and the third issue is not changing the geographical boundaries of Iraq".

"What has been raised in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region as a referendum for independence is very dangerous because independence means a new war in the region, and Baghdad, Ankara, Tehran and Damascus are opposed to this, and we hope that Britain will play a constructive role in this regard," the president added.

He went on to say: "We are in favour of a better life for the Kurds, but these demands should be pursued within the framework of unity and the constitution of Iraq and the integrity of this country".

The president also referred to the issue of Yemen and the continued bombing of the country, saying: "Yemen has been completely destroyed under bombing. The first step is to establish a truce and to stop the bombings, and in the next step, humanitarian aid should be provided to Yemenis. At the next stage, Yemeni-Yemen talks should begin to stabilize and secure the country".

The British Prime Minister also called for the development of Tehran-London relations and the search for new ways to deepen ties in the new era.

Teresa May voiced clear support of the JCPOA and said: "I explicitly stated at the UN that the JCPOA was a very important agreement, and we are determined to continue it. We must make sure that no measures are taken to threaten it, and that the anticipated arrangements continue to be completely in place".

She called for the commitment of all parties, including the United States, to fulfil their obligations.

The British PM also highlighted banking ties for the development of important economic cooperation, and emphasised that broad measures taken to address banking problems continue to reach the desired outcome.

Referring to current issues in the Middle East region, May said: "Britain is focusing on political solutions to regional problems".

She also referred to Iraq and said: "We want all minorities and groups in Iraq to live together and have representatives in the Iraqi government".

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