TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Ali Akbar Velayati, an international adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, said Tehran and Paris could promote their cooperation on regional issues.

Speaking at a meeting with former French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine in Tehran on Tuesday, Velayati hailed the relations between the Islamic Republic and the Western European country as “age-old” and said although the relationship has had some ups and downs, it has never been severed. 

He added that the ties officially date back to 200 years ago and unofficially to at least several centuries ago.

Velayati further emphasized Iran’s influential role in the Middle East, adding that it can have close cooperation with France on regional issues.

The former French diplomat, for his part, pointed to the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and said after the deal and the presidential elections in the two countries, a more positive atmosphere has been created in the relations between Tehran and Paris.

He further pointed to the US measures against the JCPOA and said Washington’s stance on the deal is different from that of other parties to the agreement.

Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France, and Germany) on July 14, 2015 reached a conclusion over the text of the JCPOA and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

The comprehensive nuclear deal terminated all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran.

However, Iranian officials have complained about the failure of the other side, especially the US, to fully implement the accord, as Iran still has problems in its banking transactions with other countries.