Rouhani, World Leaders Confer on Phone

Rouhani, World Leaders Confer on PhoneRouhani, World Leaders Confer on Phone

President Hassan Rouhani held phone talks with seven world leaders this week on issues of mutual interest and concern and conveyed his felicitations on Eid al-Fitr.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Rouhani spoke with the heads of state of India, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, according to the president's website.

In his talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rouhani said Tehran attaches high importance to ties with that country and is willing to develop them in the fields of banking, business and technology.

"The Islamic Republic is willing to take its interaction with India to a strategic level."  

Pointing to the two countries' agreement to develop the Chabahar Port as a symbol of close collaboration, Rouhani called for acceleration of efforts to begin the project.

The Iranian port is to become a transit hub which links regional countries, including India, Afghanistan and Central Asian states.

Modi said New Delhi is determined to boost relations with Tehran and will do its best to quicken the implementation of bilateral agreements.

The Indian leader invited Rouhani to pay an official visit to India.

  Anti-Terror Coop.

In a separate conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Rouhani said Iran and Turkey, as two neighbors with close bonds of friendship, should stand side by side to tackle regional challenges, especially the growth of terrorism.

Expressing regret over the recent terrorist attack in Istanbul's Ataturk airport that left 42 killed and 230 injured, Rouhani said terrorism is a global problem, whose containment demands global resolve.

"I have no doubt that if the two countries engage seriously to fight terrorism, we will be able to root out terrorist groups in the region."

Erdogan said Ankara is keen to deepen mutual cooperation with Tehran, stressing the need to improve anti-terror coordination between the two neighbors.  

In a phone call with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Rouhani said Tehran supports him in his efforts to promote stability in that Afghanistan.

"The Iranian nation wishes for a stable and secure Afghanistan that enjoys a strong economy," he said. "We should join hands to make this dream come true."

Rouhani said Tehran seeks to expand its economic relationship with Kabul, for which the sessions of the joint economic commission should resume. Ghani expressed hope that the expansion of Chabahar Port would help facilitate transit of goods and promote investments to bolster regional economies.

  Moderation and Rationality

The president in the talk with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said it is necessary for peoples of the "sensitive" region of the Persian Gulf to boost interaction to advance their common interests.

The president said an atmosphere of "moderation and rationality" should dominate relations among states, adding that dialogue and exchange of views will pave the way to this end.

Tamim was optimistic about the prospect of bilateral relations, saying increased mutual cooperation will benefit the two peoples.