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Iran to build ties with all countries "officially recognized"

English.news.cn   2014-01-23 23:43:28

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said here on Thursday that Iran was willing to establish peaceful and normal relations with all countries it "has officially recognized."

Among these countries included a "certain country which in the past we have certain differences," Rouhani said while addressing political and business leaders at the ongoing World Economic Forum, adding that he had met with some energy executives earlier Thursday morning.

"What we want to see is a better future," he said.

"Engagement between Iran and United States has also entered a new phase. During the past months and for the first time, politicians from both countries have negotiated, exchanged views and have made decisions to resolve differences in relation to the nuclear issue," Rouhani said.

He reiterated that Iran's nuclear program was for peaceful purposes, and that the country would not accept any obstacles in the way of its scientific progress, warning that any limitations and economic sanctions would only broaden divergence, instead of adding mutual understanding and common security.

On Monday, Iran began the implementation of the interim nuclear deal struck with six world powers to suspend some nuclear activities in exchange for relaxed sanctions.

Rouhani had said on Wednesday that friendship with the United States could be rebuilt given that both sides make efforts and respect each other, and that the reopening of U.S. embassy in Tehran was not impossible.

On Thursday in Davos, Rouhani also explained Iran's economic policies, saying Iran would like to rebuild trade relations with other countries and invite foreign investment.

"I would invite all distinguished participants to travel to Iran and witness the extensive field for investment ... and make contacts with Iran's private and public sector," said Rouhani.

"We intend to reopen trade industrial and economical relations with all of our neighbor such as Turkey, Iraq, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, gulf states, as well as Central Asia."

The president also expects to improve relations with Europe, noting that "we have had a history of deep economic and trade ties with European states. With the implementation of Geneva agreement and its subsequent steps, Iran's relations with Europe will be normalized."

Editor: yan
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