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President: Scrapping JCPOA will be a point of regret for all

Politics - President Hassan Rouhani on Monday stressed the need for maintaining the 2015 nuclear deal in line with promoting regional security, stability, saying that scrapping of the deal will be a point of regret for all.

In a meeting with visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian late Monday, the President added, “Of course, we will be ready for any unexpected situation.”

The Islamic Republic sees no limits on boosting and strengthening ties and cooperation with France, he said.

Describing the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a test for all parties to negotiations leading to signing of the international pact, the Chief Executive said that survival of JCPOA will prove the world that talks and diplomacy is the best option for solving problems.

Underlining the need for all parties to adhere to their commitments under the JCPOA, he said that Iran will never be the first to violate the deal, as it considers the deal contributor to regional and international peace, stability and cooperation.

Noting that Iran and France share common views regarding the JCPOA and the need for maintaining it, Rouhani said that the JCPOA has brought about a suitable atmosphere for promoting cooperation.

The Iranian president pointed to the need for cooperation between Iran and France in preserving regional stability and security, saying that France and the Islamic Republic have played positive roles in solving the recent problems of Lebanon.

He also called for keeping up cooperation in line with reinforcing calm in Lebanon and preparing the ground for holding elections which will bring political solidity to it.

As to Yemen crisis, Rouhani said that it is a human duty to make efforts in line with establishing ceasefire and sending humanitarian aid to the impoverished state, gripped by bombing and diseases.

Fighting terrorism until its full elimination and helping the Syrian nation are among main priorities of cooperation between Paris and Tehran, he said, noting that there is no way but to reinvigorate central government in Damascus to help solve Syrian crisis.

Le Drian, for his part, underlined his country’s interest in abiding by the JCPOA, saying that reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reveals Iran’s compliance with the deal and France will do its best to help preserve the international pact.
He also hailed remarkable increase in economic and trade cooperation between Tehran and Paris in the post-JCPOA era, saying, “We are interested in strengthening all-out ties with the Islamic Republic.”

Noting that Europe considers the nuclear deal with Iran as a basic document in line with regional security and stability, he added that Iran and France can have good cooperation in promoting regional security and stability and preventing occurrence of human catastrophe in regional states.

Le Drian arrived in Tehran early Monday for talks with Iranian officials. Earlier, he sat down for talks with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani.

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