Iran's Rouhani denounces US' Middle East ignorance

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has scoffed at joint efforts by the United States and Iran's regional rivals to combat Islamist terrorism, dismissing President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia as "show". Relations were further hit last weekend when U.S. President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia and accused Tehran of supporting terrorism in the Middle East.

In response to Trump's stand, US-Iranian author and commentator Trita Parsi wrote, "Just when Iranians voted overwhelmingly for openness and engagement with [the] world, Trump clenched his fist and responded by calling for Iran's isolation". "We are waiting for the new government to find stability and continuity in its policies", said Rouhani.

"The gathering in Saudi Arabia was just a show with no practical or political value of any kind", Rouhani said.

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

Rouhani won another four-year term Friday in a vote that many saw as a referendum on his push for global outreach that led to the nuclear deal, as well as a vote of confidence that his government will be able to help the country's sputtering economy.

Trump's first trip overseas has highlighted the extent to which strident opposition to Iran now serves as an organizing principle in his efforts to remake America's relationship with the Middle East.

Walking back on the Islamophobic rhetoric of his previous speeches on home soil, Trump stressed that his administration was looking to strengthen partnerships across the region, and said the war on terrorism is not a fight between faiths but "a battle between good and evil".

Unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, Trump will discourage Americans from investing in Iran.

Well before the U.S. president's visit to Saudi Arabia, it was evident that Washington and Riyadh would use the trip to step up their rhetoric against Iran, which is, according to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, fresh from real elections.

A bipartisan delegation of almost 50 senators announced on Thursday that it is moving forward with new legislation to increase economic sanctions on Iran as a result of its missile program, as well as the Islamic Republic's support for terrorism and illegal weapons trade. American officials should know that whenever we need to technically test a missile we will do so.

On May 21, Trump spoke at a summit in Saudi Arabia where he urged Arab and Muslim to "work together to isolate Iran" unless it is "willing to be a partner for peace".

The tensions with Iran that Trump is tapping into on his first foray overseas run deep.

French carmakers PSA and Renault are taking advantage of the lack of United States operations by piling into a resurgent Iranian market that is still off-limits to rivals fearful that Trump's administration will reimpose sanctions.

"As the economy is among Khamenei's top priorities, Khamenei will be obliged to give limited backing to Rouhani's liberal economic policy like the cautious support he gave to the nuclear deal", said an official close to Rouhani's government.

Speaking alongside Israel's president, Reuven Rivlin, at his residence in West Jerusalem on Monday, Trump said: "There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran".

  • Leroy Wright