Rouhani says hopeful Europe won't follow Trump's lead on Iran (UG, RNO)

Cheryl Sanders
May 28, 2017

Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani yesterday dismissed his United States counterpart Donald Trump's summit with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia this weekend as "just a show".

Mr. Rouhani, a cleric whose administration struck the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers, decisively won a second term in Friday's election.

Stability in the Middle East can not be achieved without Tehran's help, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned US President Donald Trump.

"My administration will do its best to eliminate the extreme poverty", Rouhani, who was re-elected to the second term on May 19, said during his first presser in Tehran on May 22, Trend's correspondent reported from the event.

Asked about the possibility of direct talks with the U.S. over the mutual issues, the Iranian President said that "we are waiting for the U.S. new administration to settle, so that we could have accurate view about the ruling group in Washington".

The Iranian leader, who was recently re-elected to serve a second term, also slammed a multibillion-dollar arms deal signed between the USA and Saudi Arabia during the visit, arguing that this would not solve the problem either.

Last week, the people of Iran chose to continue along the path toward openness.

The US should drop its "hostile" policies towards Iran, the country's re-elected President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.

Iranian leaders were aware that if Ebrahim Raisi was elected president, tensions would have escalated with the West, the nuclear deal would likely have fallen apart, and possibly UN Security Council sanctions would have been re-imposed.

Trump landed in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, the first stop of his first foreign tour since becoming president.

On the other hand, Rouhani said on Monday that regional stability in the Middle East would be impossible to achieve without Iran.

In a speech to Arab Muslim leaders in Riyadh on Sunday, Trump singled out Iran as the world's biggest sponsor of terrorism. "When they attacked Afghanistan (and) Iraq, when they made sanctions against Iran".

He also said Iran would continue with its ballistic missile program. We must not forget that, like in many countries, Iranian people vote according to economic conditions and expectations.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated on Wednesday that Iran is "heedless" of what the "enemy" says and will continue its missile programme. "Although he was not among us in the election, he predicted these days well, telling me what great religious, national and revolutionary duties I had", Dr Rouhani added.

Iran will need $650 trillion rials (about $17 billion) foreign investment each year to meet the requirements of a master plan called the 6th Development Plan that outlines the country's progress in the years 2017 to 2022.

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