Iran’s more active presence in intl. summits imperative: Rouhani

TEHRAN, Oct. 24 (MNA) – The Iranian president highlighted Iran's more active presence in international summits in recent years, saying this is while the Americans are acting unilaterally and isolate the country.

"While Americans are acting unilaterally and want to interfere in all parts of the world and countries, and their hostility towards the great Iranian nation is clearer than ever, we must attend all regional and international summits and international organizations more actively," Hassan Rouhani made the remarks before leaving Tehran for the Republic of Azerbaijan on Thursday to attend the 18th Summit of the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) in Baku.

"Americans have sought to isolate the Islamic Republic of Iran, but thank God, the Islamic Republic of Iran's position among nations and states all over the world is being promoted day by day."

The president noted, "Today, there is no doubt that the Islamic Republic of Iran is a very important and influential country in the region, and this great nation will not be defeated by the conspiracies of the enemies, especially the US and their embargo."

Rouhani reiterated that "in these circumstances, it is more important for us to attend such summits than ever before and I am pleased that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been more active in regional unions and treaties in recent years".

Stating that Iran has recently signed an interim agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and attended their summit in Armenia and attended the ECO, Rouhani said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always been active in the Organization of the Islamic Conference and Non-Aligned Movement and currently we are actively involved in these organizations."

Rouhani pointed out that in recent years, “we have started trilateral activities with other countries in the region,” saying, "A summit on the Astana Process between Iran, Turkey and Russia, a summit between Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia, another one between Iran, India and Afghanistan, and other summits that we attend at the regional level are among these."

The President emphasized, "All these summits and meetings and Iran's presence in them are based on the view that the Islamic Republic of Iran should have a more active presence in the region and around the world. Our national interests and security in relation to other countries will be better served this way."

Referring to the 18th Non-Aligned Movement Summit in the Republic of Azerbaijan, Rouhani said, "I am going to both deliver a speech and have bilateral meetings with the heads of states participating in the Summit."

Rouhani stated, "Iran's relations with the Republic of Azerbaijan have become so much closer during the past six years."

The president referred to Iran, Azerbaijan and Iraq as the three Shia countries in the region, adding, "Relations with Azerbaijan, as a friendly and neighborly country, are of great importance to us, and we have deep historical and cultural ties with each other, and our relations are moving toward strategic ones."

Rouhani added, "We have signed very important agreements with Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea that should be implemented and put into operation, and we have started good cooperation in the field of oil and gas exploration and transit, as well as the Astara-Astara railway connection".

The President emphasized that this transit route is very important for our relations with Azerbaijan, Russia, Europe, the Caucasus as well as for other countries that are active in this field, adding, "In the field of industrial, pharmaceutical, medical and scientific relations with Azerbaijan, we have very good relations."

Rouhani noted, "The second day of the visit will be mainly with NAM member states."


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