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Ambassadors Urged to Promote Int'l Ties 

Ambassadors Urged to Promote Int'l Ties Ambassadors Urged to Promote Int'l Ties 

President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the of Iranian ambassadors' task of promoting his government's policy of deeper engagement with other countries in line with his plans to jumpstart the sanctions-hit economy.

"The government is keen to develop friendly relations with all other countries and has focused on developing its international relations based on mutual interest and respect," Rouhani was quoted as saying by his official website.

He made the statement on Saturday in a meeting with Iran's new envoys to seven countries, namely Brazil, Uruguay, Georgia, Belarus, Ethiopia, Tanzania and North Korea.

In another development, newly appointed ambassadors of Germany, Romania, Morocco and Ecuador in Tehran submitted their credentials to Rouhani.

In his talks with the German envoy, Michael Klor-Berchtold, the president described Germany as the Islamic Republic's most important trade partner in the European Union and stressed the need to exploit the potential for promoting bilateral cooperation.

"Tehran welcomes the deepening of relations with Berlin," he said.    

Rouhani hailed the positive role of Germany in negotiations leading to last year's nuclear accord, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

It was concluded between Iran and P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) and came into effect in mid-January to curb Tehran's nuclear work in return for the removal of international sanctions.

"Cooperation between Iran and Germany has increased after JCPOA and the elimination of hurdles, but in order to accelerate this cooperation to reach the desired level, ties between the two sides' insurance and banking sectors need to be improved," he said.

Klor-Berchtold reiterated his side's commitment to the thorough implementation of the nuclear agreement.

"We spare no effort to ensure that JCPOA is fully implemented because it would be in the interest of the two sides, the region and the whole world," he said.      

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