Rouhani Receives New Ambassadors

Rouhani Receives New AmbassadorsRouhani Receives New Ambassadors

Three new foreign ambassadors presented their credentials to President Hassan Rouhani in separate meetings in Tehran on Sunday.  

In the meeting with Irish Ambassador Brendan Ward, the president referred to good bilateral relations and hoped the recent landmark nuclear deal between Iran and major powers will set the stage for increased collaboration with Dublin, IRNA reported.

Pointing to the two countries' shared stances on various Middle East issues, Rouhani said, "Iran and Ireland can increase consultations and work toward common goals like fighting terrorism and violence in the region and beyond."

Rouhani underlined the significance of identifying economic and cultural capacities with a view to enhancing the level of trade and expanding cooperation in such fields as science and tourism.  

The Irish envoy outlined areas for developing mutual ties and cooperation on the region. Noting that Ireland has always suffered from the phenomenon of terrorism, Ward said Dublin is ready to cooperate with all countries in the fight against terrorism.

"The Islamic Republic plays a key role in the Middle East and should play a more active part in the region after the nuclear agreement."

Expressing hope that economic and cultural relations with Tehran would improve, the ambassador said Dublin is specifically keen on giving a boost to commercial cooperation.    

"Iran has numerous historical and cultural attractions and needs to be introduced to the world more than ever before," Ward noted.

  Improved Conditions

In the meeting with Singapore's new non-resident ambassador, Ong Keng Yong, the president said in the post-sanctions era, conditions will improve in the Islamic Republic for promoting commercial and economic ties with other countries.

"This opportunity needs to be seized to develop wide-ranging ties," Rouhani noted.

Pointing to good relations with Singapore in the past, Rouhani called for efforts to increase trade and economic cooperation, which in recent years have not been on a par with the capacities of both sides, to an "acceptable" level.  He said the two countries can improve cooperation in banking and tourism, voicing Tehran's readiness to expand ties with Singapore in such fields as energy, science, technology and culture.  

The Singaporean diplomat said Iran is known in the Southeast Asian country as "a great civilization".

He called for greater trade and economic relations and enhanced cultural ties with Iran.   

  Iranian Firms Welcome

The president also met Mongolia's new non-resident ambassador, Dambian Yam.

Rouhani referred to the great potential for cooperation between the two sides and said, "Iranian companies are ready to take part in Mongolia's energy, road construction and mineral projects."

Pointing to "historical ties" and "cultural commonalities" with Mongolia, Rouhani hoped the two countries can expand their wide-ranging relations, especially in cultural and economic fields.

The Mongolian envoy expressed Ulaanbaatar's interest in strengthening political, scientific, cultural and economic ties with Tehran and invited Iranian firms to undertake infrastructure projects in the East Asian country in such fields as oil, electricity, road construction and agriculture.