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Deals With Europe Should Go Through

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei receives Swedish Premier Stefan Lofven (C), as President Hassan Rouhani (L) looks on, in Tehran on Feb. 11.Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei receives Swedish Premier Stefan Lofven (C), as President Hassan Rouhani (L) looks on, in Tehran on Feb. 11.

The Leader of Islamic Revolution stressed that trade deals reached between Tehran and European states after last year's enforcement of the 2015 nuclear accord need to be fully implemented.

In a Saturday meeting with visiting Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei pointed to frequent visits made by European delegations since January 2016, when the landmark accord became effective and said agreements should not remain "on paper", according to the Leader's official website.

The remaining US bans and Washington's uncooperative approach toward the nuclear deal have impeded Iran's efforts to reap the full benefits of the sanctions relief offered under the agreement to revitalize its economy.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Tehran welcomes expansion of relations with Stockholm in all fields. The top Swedish official described his visit to Tehran as "significant" and "historic", adding that his talks with Iranian authorities have produced "positive" results.

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