Iran: President Urges Country to be Hospitable to Foreign Investors

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday urged authorities to be hospitable to foreign businessmen and investors to remove Iranophobia and promote the country’s economy and trade.

in his speech to promote Iranian trade relations with the rest of the world, President Rouhani said, “All the efforts… of the government in the last three years including in the (nuclear deal) have been designed to remove obstacles in the way of businessmen, entrepreneurs, exporters of goods and services, entry of capital and banking relations,” reports Middle East on Line.

“Our aim was to remove Iranophobia… Iran is shouting with a loud voice that I am… kinder than how I have been portrayed in the world, I want peaceful coexistence with the region and the world,” Rouhani was quoted by the media outlet as saying.

But seemingly, his standpoint is not shared by the hardline judiciary system which, just two days earlier, sentenced an Iranian-American businessman and his 80-year old father to 10 years in jail for “espionage and collaboration with the American government,” says Middle East on Line, which discloses the names of the defendants as Siamak Namazi and his father Baquer Namazi.

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