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Swedish Envoy Commends Iran’s Diplomacy

Swedish Envoy Commends Iran’s DiplomacySwedish Envoy Commends Iran’s Diplomacy

Swedish Ambassador Helena Sangeland said the 2015 Iran nuclear deal marked a “turning point” in international politics by highlighting the potential power of diplomacy in settling the most complicated disputes.

“Iran managed to reach the nuclear agreement with the six major powers and the European Union during the first term of [President Hassan] Rouhani. It was a breakthrough in foreign relations and a turning point for the global diplomacy,” Sangeland said in an interview with IRNA on Saturday.

The accord, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, granted Iran relief from international sanctions in return for scaling down its nuclear development.

Rouhani won reelection in the May 19 vote.

The Swedish envoy said her side is cognizant of the role of the Islamic Republic in fighting regional terrorism and extremism.

“Iran, undoubtedly, plays a significant role in the region and Sweden is hopeful that Iran can cooperate with its neighbors and the international community to help find a peaceful solution to the crises and conflicts in the region.”

Foreign economic delegations converged on Tehran after the lifting of sanctions in search of a foothold in the untapped 80-million strong market.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven led a political-economic delegation to Iran in February and held talks with the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and other senior officials.

During the three-day visit, the two sides signed five documents of cooperation on innovation and technology, higher education and research, road construction, communications and information technology, as well as family and women’s affairs.

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