Iranian president calls United States relations 'a curvy road'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 9:40
Mr Rouhani dismissed the criticism and said it was actually Iran and its allies that were fighting terrorists.
He said that Saudis should know that terrorism is a big threat to the world and there is no choice except for moderation.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that Iran must immediately stop its financial and military support for "terrorists and militias" and he reiterated that it never be permitted to possess atomic arms.
In his first official visit overseas since he took office, Trump visited Saudi Arabia, which is now suspending diplomatic ties with Iran, and concluded a ¥12-trillion arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia. "When they imposed sanctions on us, they made a mistake", he said.
On Monday Trump arrived in Israel, where he again singled out Iran.
Rouhani said at a news conference on Monday that stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran's help.
Iran's President Rouhani also won a second term by garnering 57 percent of the votes in Friday's election.
Today, Armenia receives from Iran about 365-370 million cubic meters of gas per year, which is converted to electricity and is shipped back to Iran.
"We are waiting for the new United States administration to find stability and continuity in its policies", he added.
A handout picture provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him speaking at a conference in the capital Tehran. He then took to Twitter with a sharp rebuke of Mr. Trump's choice of allies in the region, and a literal highlighting of the USA leader's own focus on "investment". The final deal means that Iran has committed itself to only using its nuclear programme for peaceful purposes.
Mr Rouhani stressed that it was Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians and members of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement who had been fighting terrorists in the Middle East in recent years, and accused the U.S. and its allies of funding terrorists.
Within hours of Trump's speech Rouhani's rivals were hitting at him hard, calling him responsible for Trump's attack, as well as for the diplomatic success of Saudi Arabia - Iran's regional archrival - in apparently uniting numerous Islamic nations against the Republic. "It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this very room".
Rouhani also defended Iran's ballistic missile program, which has been highly opposed by the Trump administration.
In related news, The Washington Post quoted Rouhani as saying that Iranians are "waiting for this government to become stable intellectually" and that "hopefully, things will settle down... so we could pass more accurate judgments".