Regional stability cannot be achieved without Tehran's help: Rouhani


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

President Rouhani also voiced Iran's readiness to attract French investors to develop a partnership in various fields, including the transportation industry and infrastructures in Iran. "Iran has stood by their side and continues to do so", he said. He also noted that Khamenei has declined a request to meet with Rouhani, whose campaign rhetoric broke taboo rules as he attacked various aspects of the regime, including the IRGC, judiciary, and intelligence organs. The resolution of the nuclear crisis is of crucial importance, as Iran needs the worldwide sanctions to be lifted.

He added: "I hope one day Saudi Arabia chooses this path". He owes some part of this success to the former U.S. President Barack Obama's mild policy toward Iran.

The nuclear agreement Mr Rouhani's government reached with global powers in 2015, under which most worldwide sanctions have been lifted in return for Iran curbing its nuclear programme, is likely to remain safe.

"We are waiting for this government to settle".

The US leader kept up the pressure during his visit to Israel yesterday. But addressing the leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries, Trump said the meeting marked a "new chapter" that would bring lasting benefits for citizens of the USA and those of the countries being represented at the meeting.While Trump has won some praise for his mollifying statements, this new persona has not convinced everyone in the Muslim world.Without formal relations, there aren't direct flights between the two nations.

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While he urged "all nations of conscience [to] work together to isolate Iran", Iran is the country holding democratic elections, not Saudi Arabia.

Trump gave a much-anticipated speech on combatting Islamist terrorism before Arab leaders in Riyadh on Sunday.

"Even in the most hard-line corners of the nezam [System], the republican nature of the Islamic Republic is appreciated and they know they can not neutralize public demands, and will have to allow the president to deliver", said Adnan Tabatabai, an Iran analyst and head of the Bonn-based Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO).

NHK correspondent Hideki Nakayama joins the program from Riyadh.

In the meantime, Rouhani said Iran will continue to support the Syrian and Iraqi governments in their fight against terrorism.

Zuma has therefore extended his congratulations and best wishes to Rouhani and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the diplomacy said in Pretoria. The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir, in a press conference hailed the visit as a historic turning point. Trump, meanwhile, has threatened to tear up the deal. Tanaka is an expert on Middle Eastern affairs.