Trump Blasts Iran on First Foreign Trip

"US President Trump saw almost 45 million Iranians went to the ballot boxes, but he chose to visit a country [Saudi Arabia] that does not know what election is, and its people have never seen a ballot box", he noted.

Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani took barbed swipes at the USA and its ally Saudi Arabia on Monday, hitting back at both a day after President Donald Trump used his first foreign trip to the kingdom to call for further isolation of Iran.

"Are we happy that President Trump altered his country's policy and began to support the camp of moderate Arab and Islamic countries?" writes Abdulrahman al-Rashed.

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.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: "The Iranian people have given President Rouhani a fresh and convincing mandate to pursue his policy of openness and engagement".

Already fragile diplomatic and trade ties between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite-dominated Iran were severed past year after Saudi Arabia executed a Shi'ite cleric and as a result, protesters ransacked the Saudi embassy in Iran. A major theme of its recent presidential campaign was the lack of economic benefits that ordinary Iranians are seeing from the agreement. "Who can say the region will experience total stability without Iran?" he said at a news conference. Peace in the Middle East could only be possible with Iran at the table, Rouhani said.

Among Iran's most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria.

The US has no other way but to think of "a win-win approach vis-a-vis Iran, otherwise they will fail", he said.

"Maybe it will help if Saudi leaders let their people to decide over their country's fate by casting their vote". He gave a speech to the heads of more than 50 Islamic countries saying he is prepared to work with them to deal with Iran.

He said that Saudis should know that terrorism is a big threat to the world and there is no choice except for moderation.

On Wednesday, just two days before Iran's presidential election, Trump announced new sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program and released the State Department's semiannual report on sanctions related to human rights abuses in Iran.

"The Iranian nation has made a decision to be powerful".

Rouhani said that Iran's missiles were "for our defense and for peace, they are not offensive", adding that he would not need permission from the USA to conduct such tests.

"The U.S. leaders should know that whenever we need a missile test because of a technical aspect, we will test", he said.

"America's dream of ending Iran's missile programme will never come true".

  • Zachary Reyes