Rouhani at Davos: Invites Oil Execs, Speech in Tweets

January 23, 2014

            On January 23, President Hassan Rouhani invited oil companies to invest in Iran in an address to some 30 executives at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Without international engagement, objectives such as growth, creativity and quality are unattainable,” Rouhani said. “We will make use of active foreign policy to achieve economic development.”
            On prospects for solving the nuclear dispute, Rouhani said, “We are ready” to make a comprehensive deal. “Of course, this is a long and winding and difficult road. However, if we remain serious and keep the will, we can push through.” Interest in Iran’s oil sector has reportedly grown since sanctions on petrochemicals, precious metals and shipping insurance were lifted on January 20 as part of the interim nuclear deal brokered in November 2013. The following is a full-length video clip of Rouhani’s address followed by tweets of his remarks. Rouhani has acknowledged that his tweets are posted by his “friends.”