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

During an official visit in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, the U.S. president branded Iran as this influential and resourceful key for the militant groups from Middle East, which in reality, represents a not-so-subtle message for Tehran's government, especially because Rouhani recently won his second presidential term.

The Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the Syrian crisis should be resolved through peaceful means.

Countering Trump's calls to isolate the Islamic Republic, Rouhani stressed that peace in the Middle East could not be achieved without Tehran's help.

The kingdom "has never seen a ballot box", Rouhani told a press conference following a landslide vote in the country's presidential election on May 19, in which almost 42 million voters participated.

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

Rouhani, 69, won a landslide victory in Friday's presidential election, according to official results.

"The Iranian people voted for moderation as they know a prosperous economy and jobs can only happen through investment, and investment through freedom and interaction with the world", he said.

Rouhani made a point to stress that Trump's visit came amid Iran's presidential election, saying that such elections "are not in their (Saudis') dictionary".

Iran, Russia and Turkey are now cooperating to restore ceasefire in order to create a calm situation for the people in Syria, he said.

He said Iran doesn't buy weapons but manufactures its needed weapons, but added that power is not obtained through buying or manufacturing weapons. That's when Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric and protesters in Iran attacked two of the kingdom's diplomatic posts.

On Monday, Trump touched down in Israel for the second part of his foreign trip, the first one since taking office.

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.

Rouhani also said last week's election showed Iranians wanted more democracy and interaction with the world, adding this would lead to much-needed economic progress.

The US has no other way but to think of "a win-win approach vis-a-vis Iran, otherwise they will fail", he said. "We will not negotiate with anyone over the development of our missile technology, and we will not wait for the permission of no organization or country".

  • Larry Hoffman