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Homedavos world economic forum 2014Iran eyes 'constructive engagement''—but not with Israel

Iran eyes ‘constructive engagement”—but not with Israel

Iran wants "constructive engagement with the world"—excluding Israel, its President Hassan Rouhani told global leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

(Read more: Iran's economy set for post-nuclear deal boost)

Rouhani's message to the Davos delegates was one of better political and economic co-operation, but he stressed firmly that this is only with countries which Iran recognizes, in a clear snub to Israel—which Tehran refuses to recognize and previous leaders have asked to be "wiped off the map."

Shimon Peres, President of Israel, called the speech: "A great occasion that was missed."

He added that Iran, viewed as a rogue state by much of the international community for decades, has "fingers in many horrible pies."

(Read more: Israeli anger over Iran nuclear deal)

In his much-anticipated address on the conference's second day, Rouhani stressed that developing nuclear weapons had no place in Iran's security strategy and that he sees no "impediment" to the agreement over Iranian nuclear power agreed in Geneva last year.


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