Lawmaker Commends Gov't Performance

Lawmaker Commends Gov't PerformanceLawmaker Commends Gov't Performance

Iran's international reputation has been boosted following the implementation of the nuclear accord with world powers, said lawmaker Ali Motahhari on Monday.

Motahhari commended President Hassan Rouhani and the team of nuclear negotiators for clinching the historic nuclear deal and devising an effective foreign policy.

"The current administration has restored the much-deserved dignity to Iran's international image and the country's passport," he was quoted as saying by ICANA.

According to the lawmaker, the Rouhani administration has been successful in ending Iran's isolation in the international political arena.

"Now other countries ask for our help and advice in settling political issues and they are eager to expand economic ties with Iran," he said.

Following the conclusion of the nuclear accord between Iran and P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) on July 14, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United States asked Iran in October to participate in the peace talks over Syria.

The invitation was significant since it was the first of its kind to include Iran in negotiations over Syria since the start of the conflict back in 2011.

Motahhari pointed to Rouhani's recent visits to France, Italy and the Vatican, saying that the warm welcome by European officials shows that the West is now showing Iran considerable respect.

The president started the three-nation tour of Europe on January 25, first arriving in Rome and meeting Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and later Pope Francis in the Holy See.

He then headed to France on the second leg of his trip and met French President Francois Hollande.  

Rouhani was accompanied by a 120-strong delegation of business leaders and ministers, which secured up to €17 billion ($18.4 billion) worth of deals in Italy and about €40 billion with French businesses.