Portuguese / Spanish / English

Middle East Near You

Rouhani praises Iran's relations with Russia, expresses optimism over lifting of sanctions

TEHRAN, IRAN - MARCH 20: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY – MANDATORY CREDIT - "IRANIAN PRESIDENCY / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani makes a statement as part of Nowruz celebrations, in Tehran, Iran on March 20, 2021. ( Iranian Presidency - Anadolu Agency )
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani makes a statement as part of Nowruz celebrations, in Tehran, Iran on March 20, 2021 [Iranian Presidency - Anadolu Agency]

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his country has established friendly political, economic and military relations with Russia over the past eight years.

During a virtual ceremony held to launch a new powerplant in the southern province of Hormozgan, Rouhani said that Iran, Russia and China have engaged in close coordination in the Vienna talks with the aim of lifting the sanctions imposed on his country over its nuclear programme.

He added that Iran's cooperation with Russia extends to technological areas and the building of nuclear plants.

"We cooperate in most international organisations," he added.

READ: Russia to provide Iran with advanced satellite, report says

Vowing to work on getting the US-imposed sanctions lifted, the Iranian president said the Islamic Republic "defeated the sanctions in 2015" by signing the nuclear deal, and it would defeat them again this year. "We have a will to lift the US sanctions; this is our duty and we will do this."

He stressed that most issues have been resolved in Vienna, and the few pending matters will be resolved too. "The sanctions will be lifted and our people will be able to witness better circumstances."

Relations with neighbouring countries must be maintained, he continued, and Tehran will "not forgive" those who do not make it possible to have good relations.

"Some of them made foolish, childish moves by attacking [Iranian] diplomatic missions, and if it hadn't been for this, our circumstances would have been better today."

Categories
Asia & AmericasChinaEurope & RussiaIranMiddle EastNewsRussiaUS
Show Comments
Show Comments