Hollande, Rouhani pledge to boost cooperation after deal

France and Iran agree to boost ties as leadership of both countries hold phone call meeting during which parties discussed conditions for implementing of nuclear deal sealed last week in Vienna

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

French President François Hollande made a phone call meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on "conditions for implementing" the Iran nuclear deal agreed on July 14 in Vienna,  the French presidential office said in a statement on Thursday.

The Elysée Palace announced that the respective leaders pledged to "step up bilateral cooperation in this new context," emerged after the nuclear deal which promised Iran to end 12 years of standoff with the West.

Hollande "expressed the wish for Iran to contribute positively to the resolution of crises in the Middle East," the statement added.

Rouhani also confirmed the phone call with Hollande as he tweeted, "President Francois Hollande welcomes Iran deal and Iran's constructive role in the negotiations, which is fostering peace in the region."

After a long-lasting marathon talks, Iran and the P5+ 1 countries, consisting of the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany agreed on a final nuclear deal on July 14 in Vienna.

The deal suggests Iran to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for the removal of UN sanctions and arms embargo over the country.

A final nuclear deal might be said to provide Tehran a legitimate base in international and regional relations by reintegrating the country into the world economic and political system since the 1979 Revolution.

Hence, the implementation of the agreement will enable Iran to get rid of its long isolation caused by the financial-economic sanctions.

In this sense, both Western countries and Iran perceive the positive atmosphere created by the nuclear agreement as an opportunity to boost trade and economy given the fact that Iran’s economic potential has been highly promising for the Western investors and business environment.

On the other side, the deal also promises Tehran to release more than 100-billion-dollar worth of its assets around the world, which means a flow of liquidity into the Iran’s moribund economy which has long been crippling under the Western sanctions.   

In this context, France seems eager to cooperate and help the country break its political and economic isolation in the wake of nuclear talks during which French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius played a constructive role towards Iran.

"[French Foreign Minister] Laurent Fabius' visit to Iran on July 29 is aimed at initiating this development," Hollande's office statement said.

German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel already visited Tehran on Sunday only a few days after the nuclear agreement, a visit that also gave some clues about Germany’s economic and business intentions over the Iranian market.

Gabriel was the first high-ranking Western politician to visit Iran after the deal, who was accompanied by a high-level business delegation of German companies, including the technology giant Siemens and chemical producer BASF.

Austrian President Heinz Fischer will also pay an official visit to Iran in September which will be the first visit to Tehran by a European head of state since 2004, Fischer’s office released on Thursday.

TRTWorld and agencies