TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said at least two regional nations would have fallen to Daesh (ISIL) terrorists if the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) had not stepped in, stressing that Tehran seeks to maintain regional security and avert tensions.
In a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, Rouhani slammed the US move to blacklist the IRGC as very provocative and unprecedented in the history of international relations.
“If it were not for the devotion of the IRGC, today at least two regional countries were under the control of Daesh,” Rouhani added.
“The Iranian government is determined to ensure security in the region and stop escalation of tensions,” he added.
Elsewhere in the conversation that included a range of regional and international issues, Rouhani renewed the call on all parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to fully implement their commitments.
“Despite living up to its commitments, Iran hasn’t still seen any considerable move by the other side,” the president’s website quoted him as saying.
He also pointed to the IAEA’s confirmation that Iran has remained committed to the nuclear deal, and called for acceleration of Europe’s actions and implentation of an effective financial mechanism within the framework of the deal.
The president also appreciated the sympathy and humanitarian aid of France amid the recent floods in Iran.
The French leader, for his part, expressed willingness for the development of Tehran-Paris ties and said, “France and its European partners are seriously pursuing their commitment to implementing all JCPOA contents.”
“France is closely following the developments in the region and will do whatever it can to make sure Iran’s interests are secured,” Macron added.
“France and its European partners will do whatever they can to persuade US to ease sanctions against Iran, and without a doubt, the role of Russia and China is very important in this regard,” he said.