Unity, consensus is solution against terrorism: Iranian President

Rouhani on Monday hailed the trilateral efforts by Russia, Turkey and Iran to establish "cease-fire" in Syria and stressed that militarization would not settle the problems of the Arab state, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Our missiles are for our defence and for peace, they are not offensive".

He said the only sensible move by Washington was the nuclear deal it signed with Iran in 2015, when the United States "talked with respect" and reached a "win-win result".

Rouhani said at a news conference on Monday that stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran's help.

"Mr Trump arrived in the region at the time when he saw 45 million Iranians participating in the elections", Mr Rouhani said.

The U.S. stance against Iran is "deceptive and destructive" and attempts to undermine the sovereignty of the regional states besides supporting Israel, Qasemi said.

The only way to peace in the Middle East is a pull-out of the US forces from the region, Jazayeri 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 U.S. policies.

"Unfortunately, some regional states are looking for the support of the superpowers instead of relying on their own nation and the potentials of regional cooperation", he said, adding that such an approach will result in the destruction of the infrastructures of the regional countries, including Syria and Yemen, by the terrorist groups. ' 'We hope that one day Saudi Arabia will hold elections to end hereditary rulers and make the country much more powerful, ' he continued while refuting charges by King Salman bin Abdulaziz to the Islamic Republic for allegedly promoting and exporting terrorism in the region.

"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.

But in a reminder of the global pressure that Iran faces, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said yesterday Teheran must stop supporting armed groups in Syria and Iraq that destabilise the Middle East if it wants good relations with the West.

For his part, the new French president congratulated President Rouhani on securing a second term in the Friday's presidential election in Iran. "Who can claim that stability of the region can be restored without Iran?" he said.

Also Monday, the foreign ministers of France and Germany said their countries want to work with Iran following Rouhani's re-election but are pressing Tehran to keep to the nuclear deal and to help de-escalate Mideast conflicts. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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