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Hajj, Mecca and Medina Belong to All Muslims

Monday, May 30, 2016

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says the Saudi obstruction of the Iranians' Hajj pilgrimage this year serves the interests of the Zionist regime of Israel.

“Hajj, Mecca and Medina belong to all Muslims and are a platform for fulfilling the interests of the Muslim world,” Rouhani said.

“The childish bid by those claiming to be the custodians of the two holy mosques in blocking the path of God and Hajj as well as spreading instability in the region is [tantamount to] meeting the interests of the Zionist regime,” he added.

Elsewhere in his speech, Rouhani said all those who instigate instability in the region, seek to promote the same insecurity in Iran.

“Terrorism and murder are rooted in international Zionism and global arrogance; however, faced with the unity and strong resistance of the Iranian nation, they failed to carry out their plots,” the Iranian president pointed out.

He emphasized that faith, solidarity and unity of the Iranian nation have struck fear in the hearts of global powers and foiled their ominous plots.

President Hassan Rouhani also said Iran lies at a “historic turning point” after the lifting of sanctions, with his government working to open up the country to foreign trade.

Rouhani said his government would do whatever it takes for Iran’s development and progress.

“We lie at a historic turning point after passing through the plots of the Zionism and the arrogance which had put us under sanctions,” Rouhani said.

“The government is intent on opening the road of exports to the world countries and the first step is for the government to open the doors which were shut in the past,” he added.

Rouhani said the rise in visits by foreign trade delegations to Iran after the lifting of sanctions promises stepped-up cooperation, adding first investments had already been secured.

The president, however, said Iran’s full recuperation would take time. The remarks were apparently aimed at those who criticize a nuclear deal which, they say, has hardly produced any dividends for Iran.

“The countries which had taken away our share of oil and condensate in the market are moving toward the situation before the sanctions,” he said.

“Our people very well know that we need time to achieve full success,” he added. 

Rouhani further criticized the former government which saw the most oppressive sanctions imposed on the country by the West.

“At a time when there was a flush of oil revenues and each barrel of oil sold for $145, more than $80 billion was spent a year on imports.”

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