Saudis must stop divisive policies, says President Rouhani

Saudis must stop divisive policies, says President Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani tells Saudi Arabia to stop its divisive policies and the spread of what he called an ideology of hatred.

Rouhani made remarks while was speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York.

 “The Saudi government must stop continuing with its divisive policies, disseminating the ideology of hatred and encroaching on the rights of its neighbors and it must shoulder its responsibility with regards to the life and dignity of [Hajj] pilgrims and found its relations on the basis of mutual respect and accepting responsibility towards regional nations” if it seeks a new prospect for its development and the security of the region, Rouhani said.

The Iranian president added that  “certain countries in the region must stop bombarding their neighbors and put an end to their support for Takfiri terrorist groups, accept their responsibility and take measures to compensate [for their acts]”.

He also spoke of the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. The Iranian president said the same countries that claim to be fighting terrorists provide covert and overt support for Takfiri groups.

During the speech, Rouhani has warned the United States against reneging on its commitments under the nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers.

He stressed that the nuclear deal also knonw as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) confirms the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program and recognizes Tehran’s right to develop atomic energy.

“We should never forget that pressures, sanctions and illegal threats which aimed to dismantle all [Iranian] enrichment facilities failed, and today the [UN] Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have officially recognized Iran’s peaceful nuclear program,” the Iranian president said.  

 Rouhani said the 9/11 attacks led to wars and instability across the globe. He stated that the conflicts have bred borderless terrorism that can be blamed on the policy of world powers.

 “The US procrastination in fulfilling its commitments over the past months is a strategic mistake which needs to be compensated for immediately,” Rouhani added.   

The 71st United Nations General Assembly opened on September 13. 

Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Rouhani arrived in New York on Tuesday to participate in the 71st annual session of the United Nations General Assembly and hold talks with senior officials of some other countries attending the meeting.

Rouhani has met and held talks with several leaders and heads of state on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting. 

President Rouhani presented a set of proposals for a World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) while addressing the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2013.

In December 2013, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) overwhelmingly voted to approve the WAVE act, which calls on all nations across the globe to denounce violence and extremism.

It is worthy to mention that Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic through his speeches and messages exposed crimes being committed by of the ruling House of Saud against Muslim world and Saudi regime’s alliance with colonial powers.

Following the footsteps of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, senior Iranian officials have stressed the need of maintaining amicable ties with all nations and formation of a united front to counter terrorism across the region and elsewhere.

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