One week after US President Donald Trump announced Washington's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Tehran plans to "remain in the deal" provided that its national interests are protected.
Iran's President Rouhani expects to retain nuclear agreement for the sake of diplomacy as a method of solving worldwide disputes. Nevertheless, the agreement could not have been reached without his approval.
Rouhani also added that the two sides called for establishment of a direct flight between Tehran and Colombo to boost tourism.
The deal, signed by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany, is intended for Iran to redesign, convert, and reduce its nuclear facilities, while allowing worldwide oversight of existing practices in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions against the country.
"The U.S. withdrawal.is a violation of morals, the correct way to carry out politics and diplomacy and against global regulations", Rouhani during a meeting with visiting Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena. He was warmly welcomed by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani at Saadabad Palace.
The Sri Lankan president, for his part, stressed the need for development of bilateral ties between the two countries, describing Iran as one of the major purchasers of his country's tea, and a key exporter of crude oil.
Despite oil export being allowed, Iran's central bank has been printing money, leading to steep falls of the Rial.
Iran also has a significant influence in Iraq through the Shia-dominated Hashd al-Shaabi militias who have been accused of human rights violations across the country.
"Our policy is to consider all nations of the world as our friends", he said. During his visit to Iran, the President is expected to obtain many economic and developmental benefits to Sri Lanka.