Feb 19, 2021 06:39 UTC
  • EU must play role against US unilateralism: Rouhani to European Council chief

President Hassan Rouhani says as an important international actor, the European Union must play a suitable role in counteracting the US’ unilateral policies and protect the landmark nuclear deal with Iran as a major fruit of multilateral diplomacy.

According to Press TV, Rouhani made the remarks in a Thursday phone call with Charles Michel, president of the European Council, during which he highlighted the important role of the Council in setting the direction of the European Union’s major policies and delineating its priorities.

“As an important actor in the international arena, the European Union must play a suitable role to counteract the US unilateralism,” Iran’s president said.

Rouhani reiterated that as such an important achievement for globally-inclusive diplomacy, the deal -- officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- should not be allowed to come apart easily.

He advised that Mogherini’s successor Josep Borrell continue serving the duty of coordinator by devising the steps that could salvage the deal.

Michel, for his part, laid emphasis likewise on the need to save the nuclear deal and ensure its complete implementation on the part of all the signatories. He reiterated Europe’s sustained support for the accord in the aftermath of the US’ self-willed withdrawal.

The European official said given the change in the United States’ ruling structure, an “opportunity has been created” that should be used towards conserving the JCPOA and enabling its full implementation. The EU, he added, would play its due role in the area.

Iran ready for anti-terror cooperation with EU

The chief executive, meanwhile, expressed readiness on the part of Tehran for cooperation with the bloc to confront terrorism and extremism as two significant regional and international predicaments.

He voiced concern regarding reports and incidents that have pointed to resurgent Daesh activity in the region after the US assassination of senior Iranian anti-terror commander, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq last year.

Rouhani cited foreign military intervention as another source of tension in the region, urging all regional countries to take action to contribute to security, peace, and stability in this part of the world.