Unity, consensus is solution against terrorism: Iranian President

Terrell Bush
May 25, 2017

"We hope that Europe will not fall into the trap of countries that promote their erroneous interpretations in the region", added Rouhani. The vote clearly tells the religious hierarchy that Iranians want peaceful engagement with other countries.

Speaking on Tuesday, Bahram Qassemi strongly condemned a terrorist attack at a concert hall in the English city of Manchester, which killed at least 22 people, and said the origin of that attack was the same as the source of a recent raid that killed 11 Iranian border guards in the city of Mirjaveh on April 26.

Iran's prospects look quite different with Rouhani in charge.

Rouhani credited the agreement with jump-starting economic growth, which now stands at around 7 per cent annually. On the day of the election, Forbes ran an editorial by Mohammad Mohaddessin, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, calling attention to this fact. But Rouhani's interpretation of Iran's challenges is far more convincing.

Brenner observed that Trump had scrapped his predecessor President Barack Obama's efforts to negotiate with Iran and that he was trying to unify all anti-Iranian forces in the Middle East with the United States.

Had Raisi won, mutual distrust between the U.S. and Iran could well have boiled over, despite Raisi's stated support for the nuclear deal.

Just two days before the May 19 elections in Iran, however, Trump extended the sanctions relief called for under the deal even as he imposed narrow penalties on two Iranian and Chinese figures for supporting Iran's ballistic missile program.

Rouhani, saying his reelection marks popular support for his policies to strengthen and promote competitiveness in contemporary Iran.

Rouhani also criticized Saudi Arabia, Tehran's main regional rival, just hours after Trump departed the country bound for Israel, where he arrived Monday.

Moreover, it will need to adopt a more constructive position vis-à-vis the Syrian conflict, making it clear that Iran is not spearheading a Shiite liberation movement.

No reporter asked the central question that should have been put to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir during his press availability with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: Since Saudi Arabia's domestic and foreign policy is based on a theological worldview, have those views changed and if so, how did that revelation come to you? The report went on to say that Rouhani seemed to be taking up the mantel of his "dear brother" Khatami, although it also acknowledged that Khatami failed to deliver on a declared reform agenda during his two terms in office, much as Rouhani has failed to do throughout his first. He is now president of the ESADE Centre for Global Economy and Geopolitics and distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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