Tillerson Mentions Possibility of Talks With Zarif

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister and an outspoken diplomat, advised Donald Trump, who is on a tour of the Middle East, to tackle the issue of fueling Islamist extremism with his interlocutors in Saudi Arabia.

In a speech to Arab Muslim leaders in Riyadh on Sunday, Trump singled out Iran as the world's biggest sponsor of terrorism.

Trump, wearing a yarmulke, on Monday became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall.

There can be little doubt that in his private talks with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and other top Saudi officials Trump put more flesh on the bones of his address to the Arab Islamic American Summit.

Trump spoke about the growing number of victims of Islamic extremism not just in America but in Europe, Africa and Middle East as well.

Rouhani, who defeated hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi in Friday's presidential election, responded by ridiculing decades of United States strategy in the Middle East.

"Those who have fought terrorists are the Syrian and Iraqi people".

"Drive them out", he entreated. Drive them out of your communities. But for so many Muslim countries to quietly listen as the man who wants to ban Muslims from coming to the USA lectured them about their supposed faults and problems represented an abject surrender.

Trump said Iran must immediately stop its financial and military support for "terrorists and militias". If the problem is left unattended, not only lives will be lost but the future of many people as well, he warned.

Iran's 12th presidential election and the 5th City and Village Councils Elections were held simultaneously on Friday at some 63,500 polling stations inside the country and 310 others in 102 countries.

Yesterday, on the second day of Trump's first foreign trip, in nation No. 1, the White House press office said that Trump was "exhausted", which had caused him to make an offensive gaffe to an audience of Saudi Arabian leaders and made it necessary for him to drop out of a counterterrorism event. Many observers believe that his victory was a sign that the nation is keen to improve ties with the west.

Arriving from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Trump expressed his hope for cooperation among USA allies in the Middle East. Israel was his second stop on a nine-day tour aimed to test the waters for reviving the dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The king also praised an "historic agreement" between Gulf monarchies and Washington "to take firm measures to target the financing of terrorism" and the setting up of a Riyadh-based center for this task, SPA said.

  • Leroy Wright