Pres. Rouhani warns of ‘dangerous’ Israeli presence in Region during talks with Qatari emir

n a telephone conversation with the emir of Qatar, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned of the dangerous presence of the Zionist regime in the region.

“We regard that the only successful way to ensure security, peace and stability in the region is the settlement of issues peacefully and responsibly and taking collective interests into account. We believe that militarism cannot resolve regional problems,” Rouhani said in the phone conversation with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Tuesday.

Rouhani also pointed to recent talks between the remaining parties to a multilateral 2015 nuclear agreement in the Austrian capital of Vienna and the US willingness to rejoin the nuclear deal, which was abandoned by former US president Donald Trump, and stressed the importance of lifting all sanctions imposed by Washington against Tehran.

“The only way (to solve the nuclear issue) is the US’s return to the JCPOA (the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), lifting of all sanctions and fulfilling all obligations under the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 and there is no doubt that after these measures by the US, Iran will also return to all its commitments as per the JCPOA,” the president stated.

He said he hopes that the Americans have realized over the years that sanctions and pressure are not the right approach, adding, “The Americans need to return to the Security Council resolution (2231) and the nuclear agreements between the seven countries and this is the only solution.”

The Iranian president also stressed the importance of utilizing Tehran-Doha capacities to further improve ties in all fields, particularly in the trade and economic sectors, Press TV reported.

The Qatari emir, for his part, highlighted the significance of deepening relations between the two countries, especially cooperation in the field of transportation, and said Tehran and Doha should use their utmost potential to develop ties.

Al Thani threw his country’s weight behind the path of dialogue to resolve problems and expressed hope that all parties to the JCPOA would return to their commitments to facilitate the revitalization of the multilateral international agreement.

He also invited Rouhani to visit Qatar to exchange views about regional developments and issues of common interest.