08:561398/5/9Normalising Iran's oil, banking ties first step expected from Europe/ Despite US' tension creation Iran main protector of free navigation in regionTEHRAN (NIOC) _ President of the Islamic Republic of Iran stated that Europe has missed many opportunities for living up to its commitments and cooperation with Iran, saying, Normalization of Iran's banking and oil relations is the first step of commitments Iran expects from Europe.
Speaking by telephone with the President of France Emmanuel Macron late on Tuesday, Hassan Rouhani referred to the goal of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as normalizing Iran's economic relations with other countries.
He stated, "Unfortunately, despite Iran's full compliance with its commitments, only a small part of Iran's economic interests were met, and after the withdrawal of the United States, we have not only not seen any serious action by Europe in this regard, but also some European companies left Iran following US' unilateral sanctions".
He went on to refer to tension-generating policies of the US in the region and its negative impacts on security and stability of extra-regional and international relations, saying, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always been the main provider of freedom and security of navigation in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman, and it will continue to play this role".
Rouhani also described normalization of Iran's banking and oil relations as the first step and added, "Allocation of a credit line by Europe in this regard can be a good start".
"The more time passes and Iran takes the next steps, the harder it will be for both sides to return to the beginning point," he said, adding that unfortunately, Europe has missed a lot of opportunities in the past year for living up its commitments and cooperating with Iran.
President Rouhani added, "As we have repeatedly stated, Iran's move to reduce its JCPOA commitments so far is able to return to its previous state very fast if Iran's economic interests are met".
Appreciating the French President's efforts for resolving issues, he said "Iran always welcomes any initiative aimed at achieving fair solutions and constructive dialogue".
During the same phone call, President Emmanuel Macron of France said, "France will do its best to make sure that Iran enjoys its interests under the JCPOA, and to normalize Tehran's economic relations with other countries."