TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - In an address to the 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Chinese city of Qingdao on Sunday, Rouhani touched on the most pressing problems in the region that require collective action and cooperation among regional countries.
Taking a swipe at the US government for its unilateral policies and sanctions that are in violation of international laws, the president expressed Iran’s readiness to work with the SCO members and regional countries in addressing common threats, including terrorism and illegal drugs.
In his speech, Rouhani stated that the challenges must be countered at regional level and wit reliance upon ample commonalities and and long-term common interests among the countries cooperating.
"... all-out development and cooperation and preventing damage to international trade and having legitimate economic relations based on irrelevant political considerations are definitely necessary to achieve this common goal and lead to balanced and sustainable development" he asserted.
The Iranian president pointed out to the nuclear deal also known as JCPOA and recalled that all signatories to the deal have a responsibility regarding the commitments of removing sanctions under the very agreement.
He then welcomed efforts by Russia and China in maintaining the JCPOA.