Schneider-Ammann: Switzerland, Iran prepare roadmap for co-op

February 28, 2016 - 0:0

TEHRAN – Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann said on Saturday that his country and Iran have agreed on a “roadmap” for cooperation in different areas.

Schneider-Ammann made the remarks in a joint press conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran.

Notably the banking business as well as direct air links between Switzerland and Iran is to benefit from an accord, the Swiss Info reported.

Schneider-Ammann stressed the importance of visa facilitation for business companies. Both leaders said it was agreed to launch a dialogue on human rights as part of planned political consultations.

Schneider-Ammann sees opportunities for Swiss pharmaceutical, chemical and food industry as well the energy sector in Iran, he told the Swiss News Agency.

Switzerland will also play its part in implementing the Joint Comprehensive Action, Schneider-Ammann said in reference to the July 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and great powers which went into effect in January.

Rouhani also said Iran and Switzerland share common views on many issues and the two sides are determined to expand ties in various spheres.

The two countries have had good economic and cultural relations which will be maintained, Rouhani added.

According to Rouhani, the two countries were going to sign six memorandums of understanding.

Elsewhere, Rouhani said the human rights situation in the world has not reached a favorable level and the countries should expand cooperation in this respect.

The Iranian president also said that there is no way but expanding cooperation among the countries to fight terrorism.

On the Friday elections in Iran, Rouhani said that the people’s participation in the elections was “extraordinary”.

According to the Interior Ministry more than 60 percent of eligible voters participated in the parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections on Friday.

Schneider-Ammann arrived in Tehran on Friday afternoon at the head of a high-ranking delegation.

---‘Cutting financial aid to terrorism is the first step’

During a joint meeting of the high-ranking Iranian and Swiss officials, Rouhani also said the first step in fighting the terrorists is to cut financial and arms aid to them.

All the countries should boost security and stability in the world, especially in the Middle East region, through making efforts in countering the terrorist groups.

He also said that Iran and Switzerland enjoy a history of 140 years of friendship and relationship, hoping that the visit by the Swiss delegation to Iran would be a “new beginning” for consolidating ties.

Rouhani also thanked Switzerland for hosting negotiations between Iran the great powers, saying, “During the nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 group Switzerland played a constructive role.”

Given the post-JCPOA atmosphere, Iran has the opportunity to join the World Trade Organization and play a “constructive” role in the organization, Rouhani noted.

The Swiss president welcomed Iran’s interest in joining the WTO.

Schneider-Ammann also said that Iran and Switzerland can have good cooperation in fighting terrorism.