In a telephone interview with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Sunday, Raisi welcomed the idea of reconsidering relations between Tehran and Paris and the start of a new era of mutual ties and regional cooperation between the two countries. .
He also noted that Iran welcomes the expansion of economic and trade relations with France, saying the Islamic Republic is ready to work in comprehensive cooperation with Europe, starting with France.
Elaborating on the efforts of countries in the region and elsewhere in the world to combat terrorist groups, in particular Daesh (ISIL or ISIS), the Iranian president said that Daesh had been created and was still supported by the United States. United.
“Americans must be held accountable to world public opinion for supporting Daesh and the new terrorism,” Raisi said.
Denouncing some countries for dividing terrorism into good and bad categories, he added: “The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns terrorism in all its forms and from our point of view there is no difference between Daesh in Damascus. , Daesh in Iraq and the Daech-Khorasan branch. . “
President Raisi then looked at the current situation in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of foreign forces, saying the United States had made a “big mistake” in Afghanistan and that 20 years of occupation of the country had brought nothing. to the Afghan people.
“Under the current circumstances, all should help establish an inclusive government in Afghanistan representing all groups, and we must allow the Afghan people to decide their own fate,” he noted, Press TV reported.
The Iranian president also declared that the military intervention of the United States and NATO in Afghanistan was a failed policy, stressing the importance of laying the necessary foundations for the Afghan groups to arrive at a model of government acceptable to all. the Afghans.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran stands ready to help establish peace, tranquility and security while preventing fratricide in Afghanistan,” he said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, President Raisi highlighted the Vienna talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying: “We are not opposed to meaningful negotiations, but the objective and outcome of the negotiations should be the removal of sanctions imposed on Iran. Negotiations for the sake of negotiations are futile.
The French president, for his part, highlighted the ongoing developments in Afghanistan, saying that in his opinion, any future government in Afghanistan must be born out of the national will of the people while the Taliban must respect human rights and the country’s international commitments.
Referring to the situation in Lebanon, Macron highlighted the continued cooperation between Iran and France, as well as Hezbollah’s resistance movement, to establish a powerful and effective government in the country.
Macron also expressed hope that the Vienna talks would start soon with Iran’s participation.