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Tehran-Paris Alliance Critical for World Peace
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Tehran-Paris Alliance Critical for World Peace

French President Francois Hollande said a close collaboration between Iran and France can be particularly useful not only to bring peace to the world but also to eradicate terrorism.
Hollande made the statement in a press conference in Paris on Thursday after holding talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, IRNA reported.
Describing extremism as a prevailing threat, Hollande said, "We are not the only victims of terrorism as it can plague all nations. Surprisingly, Tehran and Paris enjoy a similar stance regarding measures that should be taken to fight extremism and serious steps can be taken in this regard."
Hollande noted that constructive negotiations were held with Iranian officials.
"Strengthening ties between Tehran and Paris will be of great benefit not only to the two states but also to the world," he said.
According to the French president, Paris is determined to revive and develop its relations with Tehran and France is committed to implement all the business deals clinched between the two states.
Referring to Middle East developments, Hollande stressed that Iran and France can play a key role in settling regional disputes, for which it is necessary to continue their attempts to establish peace and stability in the region.
"Iran and France pursue the same goal in their fight against terrorism," he said.
President Hassan Rouhani said at the press conference, "Iran has always called for settling disputes through diplomacy. Iran attaches great importance to human rights, as it believes all people in the world must enjoy equal advantages whether they are immigrants or legal residents."
Describing his negotiations with multinational French corporations as fruitful, Rouhani said, "Our relations with France will not be restricted to economic transactions and the one century old relationship will definitely help us deepen our cultural and scientific ties."
He noted that Iran is willing to cooperate with France and the international community to implement a program of action to minimize the impact of consuming natural resources (water, energy) and greenhouse gas emissions.
Asked about the implementation of Iran's nuclear deal, the Iranian president said, "As long as the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are committed to their pledges, Iran will also do its best to deliver what it has promised."
Rouhani also said the historic nuclear deal clinched between Iran and the world major powers can set a good example to resolve regional and international disputes.
"Nonetheless, nobody is allowed to decide for Syrians, as they themselves should shape their future," he said. 

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