Re-elected Rouhani vows Iran's more interaction with world and 'no' to extremism

Rouhani did secure, after years of effort, the 2015 deal with the USA and other world powers to end the most painful economic sanctions in exchange for rolling back Iran's nuclear-fuel program. "The challenge the Trump administration is going to have, is that there are few major countries in the world which believe Iran is the greatest source of instability in the region, " Sadjadpour said.

Iran's recently re-elected President Hassan Rouhani said that the Syrian issue should be solved through dialogue and peaceful means.

"Yesterday, you said "No" to those who wanted us to return to the past", Rouhani told Iranians in a televised victory speech. He also urged America's Arab allies to isolate Tehran "until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace".

Speaking Saturday in Saudi Arabia, Tillerson said President Hassan Rouhani now has the opportunity to end Iran's role in supporting "destabilizing forces that exist in this region".

They achieved a relative success in nuclear talks, where they "negotiated with respect" with the representatives of the Iranian people, Rouhani added. Our missiles are for peace and for defense ...

"We are waiting for the new United States administration to find stability and continuity in its policies", he added.

Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, an ally of Saudi Arabia, congratulated Rouhani on his re-election.

Ultimate power in Iran rests not with the president but with the supreme leader, who is chosen by a clerical panel and has the final say over all matters of state.

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".

"The American people have not forgotten the blood spilt on September 11". That's when Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric and protesters in Iran attacked two of the kingdom's diplomatic posts.

"[Terrorists] do not worship god, they worship death", he said at a summit with leaders from more than 50 Muslim-majority nations.

Iran's economy has slowly recovered since the lifting of sanctions previous year but deals with Western investors are few and far between as foreign investors are cautious about trading with or investing in Iran, fearing penalties from remaining unilateral US sanctions.

  • Leroy Wright