Call for Tehran-Berlin Partnership Roadmap

Call for  Tehran-Berlin Partnership RoadmapCall for  Tehran-Berlin Partnership Roadmap

President Hassan Rouhani stressed the importance of creating a roadmap for long-term cooperation between Iran and Germany.

In a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Tehran on Wednesday, Rouhani welcomed closer relations with European Union member states, especially Germany, ISNA reported.

"Tehran and Berlin are committed to facilitate mutual cooperation in political, economic and cultural spheres," he said. "There are economic opportunities to be tapped in various fields, including industries, mines, energy, railroad and tourism."

Rouhani referred to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal name of the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers last July, saying potentials emerging after its implementation should be used to boost Tehran-Berlin cooperation.

The president also said the deal is a good example of the effect of dialogue in the international arena, which has encouraged countries to look for a political settlement of other global problems.

"In addition to mutual cooperation, Iran and Germany can also help solve regional and international issues, fight terrorism and help promote peace and security in the Middle East," he said.

Rouhani said recent terrorist attacks in Europe are clear signs of the fact that terrorism is a "threat to all", for the eradication of which the global community should make collective efforts to stop the flow of financial resources and transfer of arms to terrorists.

Steinmeier said the nuclear deal has opened a new chapter in ties between Iran and the EU, especially Germany.

The foreign minister said after the implementation of JCPOA, bilateral relations have significantly increased and many German companies are willing to enter the Iranian market, by making investments and engaging in partnership with Iranian firms.

Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Steinmeier arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for a two-day visit.

It was Steinmeier’s second visit to Tehran after the conclusion of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (the US, Britain, France, China and Russia, plus Germany) in July 2015.

During his stay, the top diplomat also met with Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council.