Rouhani believes in cooperation with Europe in spite of Trump

Hassan Rouhani, who was re-elected as Iranian president on Friday 19 May, has expressed hope, that Europe will not adopt the US's hostile attitude and, on the contrary, will be willing to strengthen mutual cooperation. However, he does not intend to stop the missile program.

During his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, Trump has criticised Tehran for allegedly supporting terrorism and accused it of helping destabilise the Middle East. Iran's goal, despite US criticism, is to appeal to European leaders during bilateral talks, because so far the increase in investments in the country has been marginal. In a meeting with French President Macron, Rouhani expressed the desire to strengthen bilateral relations, which are problematic especially due to Iran's involvement in the conflict in Syria. German Foreign Secretary Markus Ederer, during his visit to Tehran at the beginning of May this year, emphasised that his country stresses compliance with the nuclear agreement, while at the same time it is open to further development of business relations. Rouhani has already indicated last year that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has prepared the ground for strengthening bilateral relations with London. However, the issue of foreign policy is largely influenced by the highest spiritual leader Ali Khamenei, who, due to his more cautious attitude, could get into conflict with Rouhani.

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