YEREVAN, January 23. / ARKA /. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani predicted that his country had the potential to be one of the world’s top 10 economies in the next three decades if sanctions were lifted and economic ties normalized.
"I view Iran's economy as the most congruent, capable and closest to that of successful emerging economies, and I see Iran's place alongside them in the future."
Rouhani reiterated that developing nuclear weapons “has no place in Iran’s security strategy” and forecast that ties with Europe would be “normalized” as the interim nuclear agreement is implemented. He added that his government would continue with its nuclear program for peaceful purposes.
Observers interpreted Rouhani’s s speech at the Davos forum as a landmark and unthinkable a year ago. "He speaks like Gorbachev,” twitted Ian Bremmer from Eurasia Group consulting firm.
In Davos, Rouhani is expected to meet with the heads of major oil companies such as Eni, BP, Total and Shell, and, as analysts believe, will try to convince them to return to work in Iran as soon as international sanctions are lifted.
Six world powers and Tehran reached an interim agreement that called on Iran to limit its nuclear activities in return for lighter sanctions. -0-