Rouhani: Engagement, path to global peace, stability

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Engagement with the world is a path to global peace and stability, confident Hassan Rouhani said on Monday after securing more than 57 percent of the vote in Friday’s election.

Speaking in his first press conference after the vote, President Rouhani said "Our nation's message in the election was clear: The Iranian nation chose the path of interaction with the world, away from violence and extremism".

The president lauded the huge voter turnout, saying people showed up in the polls at the level of the “highest democracies in the world”.

He said the lies in the presidential campaign failed to yield results, adding that the Iranian nation dismissed destructive efforts and imprecise remarks.

Rouhani also said last week's election showed Iranians wanted more democracy and interaction with the world, adding this would lead to much-needed economic progress.

"The Iranian people voted for moderation as they know a prosperous economy and jobs can only happen through investment, and investment through freedom and interaction with the world," he said.

Rouhani said Iranians proved that they cannot be deceived by unreasonable promises, noting that the Iranian people would never accept national media being under the influence and control of one particular party and faction.

He said in the recent election “the people told all organizations that everyone should do its own job”.

Our people love military forces from the bottom of their hearts. Our people like other branches of power and media but cannot accept that one national organization… turns into a partisan one,” Rouhani said

He said the high turnout of the Iranian people in the polls proved that they want to convey the message that they are one nation and want to be heard.

"The people said 'yes' to unity and balance," the president stressed.

He further said Iranians voted for plans to develop the country’s economy and announced that no one has the right to impose its own will on others.

Regional stability

The Iranian president said stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without the Islamic Republic’s help.

"Who can say regional stability can be restored without Iran? Who can say the region will experience total stability without Iran?" he said.

"Americans resorted to many different methods against Iran but failed in all ... We are waiting for the new government to find stability and continuity in its policies,” said Rouhani.

Rouhani also dismissed a summit US President Donald Trump attended at the weekend in Saudi Arabia as a "ceremonial (event) that had no political value and will bear no results".

"The issue of terrorism cannot be solved through giving money to superpowers," Rouhani said.

"The Americans do not know our region, that's what the catch is," Rouhani said.

"Those who provide consultations or advice to the Americans, unfortunately, they are the rulers who either push America awry or with money, they just buy some people in America."

Curvy road

The newly re-elected president also called relations with the United States "a curvy road," saying he hoped the Trump administration will "settle down" enough for his nation to better understand it.

Rouhani also criticized Saudi Arabia after it hosted Trump's first foreign trip, saying that the kingdom "has never seen a ballot box" while Iran just hosted a successful presidential election in which over 40 million people voted.

Rouhani said that Iranians are "waiting for this (US) government to be settled" and that "hopefully, things will settle down ... so we could pass more accurate judgments."

He stressed that Iran “is not an enemy of the American nation, rather it has problems with the policies of the US government”.

Iran missile program

Rouhani also defended Iran's ballistic missile program, something heavily criticized by Trump's new administration.

"The Iranian nation has decided to be powerful. Our missiles are for peace and for defense ... American officials should know that whenever we need to technically test a missile, we will do so and will not wait for their permission," Rouhani said.

"America's dream on ending Iran's missile program will never come true."

Rouhani added: "Our missiles are for peace, not for attack."

*Source: Iran-Daily