President in a meeting with the Singaporean PM: Tehran’s top foreign policy endeavour to deepen ties with Asian countries
The President said, “The foreign policy priority of the Islamic Republic of Iran is developing relations with Asian countries, and Singapore has a special place in this regard because of its high commercial and economic potentials”.
During a meeting with the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong in Yerevan on the sidelines of the EAEU Summit, Dr Hassan Rouhani said, “The two countries’ economic relations are not in proportion with their ample potentials and we need to try hard in this regard”.
Referring to Iran and Singapore's cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union, Dr Rouhani said, "This could be a good opportunity to develop bilateral relations, especially in economic fields".
The President emphasised the need to create the right conditions for cooperation between the two countries’ private sectors and said, "After the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), good conditions were created for the development of economic relations and cooperation”.
Stating that the Islamic Republic of Iran calls for peace, security and cooperation in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East, he said, “In this regard, we proposed Hormuz Peace Endeavour (HOPE) initiative in the United Nations”.
The president emphasised, "We believe that the region's problems should be resolved through political dialogue and discussion and that military approaches will not work".
Dr Rouhani noted, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has valuable experience in the fight against drugs and organised crime and is ready to cooperate in combatting terrorist groups in the region”.
At the same meeting, the Prime Minister of Singapore said, "Unfortunately, the volume of economic relations between the two countries has decreased, which we are keen to boost".
Emphasising that his country demands full respect of international law and obligations, Lee Hsien Loong said, "Failure to fully implement the JCPOA is regrettable and we hope that the parties fulfil their obligations".