Feb 21, 2021 17:56 UTC
  • Unity among sanctions-hit countries only way to counter US unilateralism: President Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani said unity among the countries that have been targeted by the US sanctions is the only way to counter “unilateral and illegal” measures taken by Washington.

According to Press TV, Rouhani made the remarks in a Sunday phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan where he announced Tehran's support for Ankara in the face of the illegal US sanctions.

“The only way to counteract the illegal and unilateral measures taken by the United States is unity and empathy among countries that have been sanctioned” by Washington, Rouhani said.

Pointing to the unlawful measures by the administration of former US President Donald Trump, he added, “Lifting sanctions [imposed] by the US is a legal and rational demand by Iran, which we have repeatedly emphasized, and if it happens, Iran will return to its commitments [under a 2015 nuclear agreement].”

As it has been constantly announced, Iran would employ an “action against action” policy in the face of the new US administration, Iran's chief executive said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani stressed the importance of dialog and peaceful approaches to settle differences in Syria.

He emphasized that senior officials of Iran, Turkey and Russia, the states that have been serving as the guarantors of an all-Syria ceasefire, should continue talks with the purpose of solving issues in Syria, preparing the ground for the return of refugees to their homeland and helping devise a new constitution.

The Turkish president, for his part, called for the expansion of mutual relations and holding sessions of joint commissions to boost trade cooperation between Turkey and the Islamic Republic.

Erdogan said effective negotiations would play a leading role in promoting peace and security in the region.

There is now a positive and appropriate atmosphere in the international arena, Erdogan added, for the settlement of issues and the removal of unjust US sanctions through diplomatic channels.