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Rouhani urges expansion of ties with Sweden

President Rouhani met with the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven in New York, calling for the implementation of the two countries agreements for the further development of cooperation, and welcoming Swedish entrepreneurs and investors’ active presence in Iran’s market.

"We need better banking relations to develop economic ties,” Rouhani stressed.

Elsewhere, Rouhani expressed appreciation for the strong positions of the European Union, including Sweden, in support of the JCPOA, expressing hope that all parties to the deal would remain committed to their obligations.

Discussing regional issues, he said "terrorists are on the verge of total defeat in Iraq and Syria, and good talks are underway in Astana on Syrian settlement with participation of Iran, Russia and Turkey, which have achieved good results.”

About the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and displacement of thousands of Yemeni people in the war waged by Saudi coalition, Rouhani voiced hope that Yemeni groups would begin negotiations with the cease-fire in Yemen, and that the EU could support the security of the region by supporting the process.

About the grievous conditions of the Muslim community in Myanmar, the president called on the Myanmar to stop the genocide of Muslims, and urged the European Union to pressure the Burmese government to put an immediate stop to the inhumane violence on Rohingya Muslims.

The Swedish prime minister, for his part, called for a swift implementation of all agreements between the two countries, saying: "we are pleased that Iran, according to the Agencys reports, has fulfilled all its obligations under the JCPOA, and all parties must also comply with their obligations.”

He further voiced deep regret over the situation of Muslims in Myanmar, adding “as an independent state, Sweden will do whatever it can to help resolve the crisis. We have raised the issue at the United Nations Security Council and will continue attempts to end the tragedy.”

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