Rouhani blames big powers for regional problems

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a meeting with Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi here in Tehran on Tuesday, deplored big powers’ meddling as the main source of problems of the Middle East’s countries.

President Rouhani pointed to many years of war, extremism, sectarianism, violence and terrorism in the region, and said, “Many problems of the region are the result of foreign interferences.”

The Iranian president said that hegemonic powers fuel differences to maintain their domineering role in region, and said, “These powers are constantly trying to create differences among Shiite and Sunni while many religions have been living in a brotherly manner beside each other for many years in this region.”

The Iraqi parliament speaker, for his part, pointed to the friendly and brotherly relations between Iran and Iraq as two neighboring and Muslim nations, and thanked Iranian government’s efforts for setting regional problems and restoration of peace and stability to the region.

Al-Nujaifi expressed the hope that the efforts by the Iraqi government in collaboration with regional countries, specially Iran, to establish peace and stability in the region would bear result soon.

President Rouhani has reiterated that expansion of ties with the neighboring countries as well as establishment of peace and stability in the region will be a top priority of his administration.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined Iran’s commitment to the restoration of peace, security and stability in the Middle East.

“Stability of the region and the entire world secures our own stability,” Zarif said, addressing a group of university professors and students in Tehran on Sunday, adding, “We should conform our understanding of the international relations with the realities and national interests.”

Last month, President Rouhani’s Chief of Staff Mohammad Nahavandian said that Tehran has always supported the establishment of peace and security in the Middle East, and the current Iranian administration is seeking the same objective through cooperation with neighboring states.

By Fars News Agency


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