Iran says dialogue, peaceful means key to solving Syria issue

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

"Our missiles are for our defence and for peace, they are not offensive". Rouhani said that Iranians are "waiting for this government to become stable intellectually" and that "hopefully, things will settle we could pass more accurate judgments".

He also expressed Iran's preparedness to cooperate with France at all levels in the fight against terrorism and in settling the crisis that has gripped Syria for more than six years. "We are manufacturing weapons and are capable of producing any type of weapons we need", the Iranian president said.

He said on Monday in Jerusalem that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer, calling Tehran a real threat in the region.

In a jibe at the billion-dollar deals signed between Trump and the Saudi government, he said: "You can't solve terrorism just by giving your people's money to a superpower".

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France is convinced that Iran under Rouhani will have "an important role in the pacification" of the region.

For his part, Macron congratulated Rouhani on securing a second term in the Friday's presidential election in Iran.

"Buying arms or building weapons won't make a country powerful".

We are waiting for the new U.S. administration to find stability and continuity in its policies", Rouhani said."The problem is that the Americans do not know our region and those who advise USA officials are misleading them."Rouhani said Iran was the vital force behind the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and repeated Iran's official stance that the United States and Saudi Arabia are funding "terrorism" in the Middle East."Who fought against the terrorists?"

"No one has the right to confiscate the revolution", said Rouhani, boosted by his election victory.

"Who can claim that stability of the region can be restored without Iran?" he said. The accord took effect in January 2016 and was supposed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran all at once, but its implementation has been hampered due to United States policies.

Trump repeatedly has criticized Iran in speeches on his first foreign trip.

Iraqis and Syrians have together fought the so-called Islamic State group with Iran's support, Rouhani said, adding that without Iran no regional security and stability is foreseeable.

  • Salvatore Jensen