Boosting Middle East economy is way to beat extremism: Iran president

Iran President Rouhani looks on next to Italian Prime Minister Renzi at the Campidoglio palace in RomeBy Steve Scherer and Antonella Cinelli ROME (Reuters) – Generating economic growth in the Middle East is crucial to defeating extremism, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, putting forward his country as a regional trade hub and pillar of stability. Rouhani is on a four-day trip to Italy and France, looking to rebuild Iranian relations with the West some two weeks after financial sanctions on Tehran were rolled back in the wake of its nuclear accord with world powers last year. Italy announced some 17 billion euros ($18.4 billion) of business deals with Iran on Monday.


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