Rouhani: Ties with neighbors top Iran priority

FEBRUARY 23, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the enhancement of relations with neighboring countries is a central plank of the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy.

“Having good relations with neighbors is undoubtedly the first step in our foreign policy; This issue is of utmost importance both in terms of national security and in cultural terms,” Rouhani said on Sunday.

Rouhani, who was speaking at a conference on Resistance Economy in Tehran, attached paramount significance to the promotion of ties with neighboring states, calling for closer cooperation to that end.

“Our intelligence service, our security services, our law enforcement, border patrol force, should entirely have mutual cooperation with neighboring countries. The government’s message is that we are willing to expand all-out relations,” Rouhani said.

The Iranian president said that the Islamic Republic seeks to forge closer ties with its neighbors based on “mutual interests.”

SOURCE: National News Agency- Lebanon