World Bulletin / News Desk
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said it was possible to turn more than three decades of enmity with the United States into friendship if both sides made an effort.
He was speaking in a Swiss television interview after arriving at the World Economic Forum in Davoswhere he will court the global business community and meet a series of oil company executives on Thursday.
Asked whether there could one day be a U.S. embassy again in Tehran instead of the Swiss embassy representing U.S. interests in Iran, the president told public RTS television: "No animosity lasts eternally, no friendship either lasts eternally. So we have to transform animosities into friendship."
An interim deal with six major powers including the United States to restrict Iran's disputed nuclear programme in exchange for a partial easing of economic sanctions entered into force this week.
In the interview, in which he spoke in Farsi voiced over into French, he said relations with Washington had been difficult in the past but with hard work and efforts by both sides, problems could be overcome.
"This effort is necessary to create confidence on both sides. Iran is in fact stretching out its hand in peace and friendship to all countries of the world and wants friendly, good relations with all countries in the world," the president said.
"Reaching a conclusion will be very difficult but my wish is that if all efforts go in the direction of the wishes of the Syrian people, that is the direction that should prevail."
"As to whether this conference can achieve its objectives, I have a lot of doubt," he added. Rouhaniaccused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of backing "terrorists" in Syria in an effort to extend their own influence in the Middle East.Last Mod: 23 Ocak 2014, 17:41