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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Iran's Rouhani denounces US' Middle East ignorance

President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference in Tehran on Monday [TIMA via Reuters]
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran's help, responding to criticism from US President Donald Trump who is visiting the region.

Trump called for a US alliance with Muslim countries aimed at fighting "terrorism", singling out Iran as a major source of funding and support for armed groups in the Arab world.
Rouhani, a pragmatist who won last week's presidential election, hit back hard by dismissing the summit as a "ceremonial [event] that had no political value and will bear no results".
"Who can say regional stability can be restored without Iran? Who can say the region will experience total stability without Iran?" he said at a news conference.
Aljazeera News

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