Speaking in the meeting late on Monday in New York, Dr Hassan Rouhani referred to the government’s approach since 2013 election and said, “We have worked based on constructive interaction with the world. Of course, this interaction was more complex towards countries that had a long history of distrust”.
“Trust at the international level is always a relative issue and one can never achieve 100-per cent trust, but we can establish dialogue between two countries with relative trust,” continued Rouhani.
He also said, “Despite a lot of issues, we could reach an agreement in 2015 after negotiations, which was amazing for many”.
Describing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) a great historic test for everyone, the President added, “Based on the 12 reports by the IAEA, Iran has fully and completely lived up to its commitments, while the other sides, either America or the other countries, did not adhere completely to their commitments under the deal”.
“America withdrew from the deal without any reason and logic, and this meant that the bridge that was being rebuilt between the two countries went towards destruction again,” he added.
Dr Rouhani went on to refer to US withdrawal from the JCPOA losing a great opportunity in the history of relations between the two countries, saying, “America is an important country in the world and Iran is an effective country in the critical Middle East region, and we could take good steps in creating trust and communication”.
“Today, some American officials are clearly stating that putting pressure on Iran is aimed at toppling the Iranian government, and this means that they are aimed at completely destroying the relative trust that was previously built,” continued Rouhani.
The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also went on to say, “America’s experience in countries of the region, including Lebanon, Syria and Iraq showed that a result cannot be reached with force. In relation to Iran, we will definitely withstand all of these problems despite all economic issues”.
On Iran’s presence in Syria, Dr Rouhani said, “Iran’s presence in Syria is based on the invitation of the government of the country to fight terrorism. We are the victim of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. This is why when the governments of Syria and Iraq called for help in the fight against terrorism, we went there without hesitation”.
The president emphasised, “The Islamic Republic of Iran will be present in Syria based on the invitation of its government until the complete elimination of terrorism in Syria”.
Dr Rouhani said, “The actions of US government is never in favour of public confidence and international peace and stability”, adding, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has exercised a lot of patience in face of the United States’ unlawful actions, which shows the greatness of the Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic”.
In response to a question regarding the future of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Dr Rouhani said, “Saudi Arabia and its security are important for Iran, because tens of thousands of Iranians annually travels to Saudi Arabia to attend the pilgrimage ceremony, and Saudi Arabia is significant as a religious centre for Muslims. In addition, the country is a neighbour of Iran”.
Unfortunately, the relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia has not been favourable in recent years, and this is not due to bilateral issues but Saudis’ anger over the failures in the region and in Syria and Iraq, added the President.
He continued, “Saudi Arabia may have complaints from Iran because of its failures in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, but the Islamic Republic of Iran considers resolution of the problems in favour of the region and the world and is always interested in developing relations with its neighbours, including Saudi Arabia”.