Saudi summit was 'show with no value'

Saudi summit was 'show with no value'

Saudi summit was 'show with no value'

Emboldened by the election results, crowds of Iranians in the capital, Tehran, demanded what they hope President Hassan Rouhani's second term will bring: the release of Opposition figures, more freedom of thought and fewer restrictions on daily life.

"Our missiles are for peace, not for attack", he added. "American officials should know that whenever we need to technically test a missile, we will do so and will not wait for their permission", Rouhani said, repeating Iran's commonly expressed stance on the programme. "I'm much more forceful and open and vocal about criticizing, whether it's Egypt or Saudi Arabia, for its human rights record".Mr Trump made one symbolic gesture in bridging the gap between Israel and the Arab world. Even with a strong win, he also has to contend with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's conservative Islamist Supreme Leader who maintains control of Iran's security forces and can veto any measure Rouhani seeks to form.

Rouhani, who defeated hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi in Friday's presidential election, responded by ridiculing decades of U.S. strategy in the Middle East.

Despite Trump's confrontational rhetoric, Iran had nothing to do with the terror attacks on the USA in September 2001, or subsequent attacks in Europe - including Germany, France and England.

Rouhani also said that he will fulfil all the promises he made to people in his campaigns. "South Africa has also stood with Iran in the face of unilaterally imposed sanctions", said the department. "If you know of a case where America acted correctly, you tell me".

His supporters look to Rouhani - instrumental in pushing the US-Iran nuclear deal, ending sanctions and allowing foreign investment - to further Iran's engagement with the world and prevent global isolation. "If America chooses another path, it will fail again". "There is no doubt in this".

That agreement alarmed the Saudis, who consider Iran their main rival for influence in the Middle East. Trump repeatedly denounced that agreement as a giveaway to Iran, but his administration is still abiding by its terms.

"We are waiting for this government to settle".

His comments came hours after he told an audience in Saudi Arabia that Iran fuelled "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror" and called for its worldwide isolation, in comments that came after the separate announcement of a $110bn United States arms deal with Riyadh.

Elsewhere, responding to a question about meeting of Arab leaders with US President Donald Trump in Riyadh, Rouhani said that gathering in Saudi Arabia was just a show without political value.

"The issue of terrorism can not be solved through giving money to superpowers", Rouhani said, adding that his nation would "uproot terrorism" and bring stability to the region.

JEDDAH: Iran's statement on Monday accusing the U.S. of "Iranophobia" came in for a sharp rebuke from experts who described Tehran as a state sponsor of terrorism.

In an opinion piece for the London-based website al-Araby al-Jadeed, Zarif urged Trump to "enter into dialogue with them about ways to prevent terrorists and takfiris [Sunni extremists] from continuing to fuel the fire in the region and repeating the likes of the September 11 incident by their sponsors in Western countries". "They will not allow it to be traded for billions of dollars".

Focusing on the domestic situation at the start of his press conference, Rouhani criticised his hardline opponents for claiming they were the true keepers of the Islamic revolution.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated on Wednesday that Iran is "heedless" of what the "enemy" says and will continue its missile program.

Terrorism is now "on the path to eradication" although there is a lot to do in this respect, he said, noting that the solution is unity and consensus against terrorism.

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