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Iran’s Rouhani: We seek a strong region, not regional hegemony

By Rudaw 3/2/2016
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. AP Photo.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. AP Photo.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says that Tehran is not seeking regional hegemony but rather working for a strong region and better relations.

“We don’t want to be the region’s strong country. Our long-term goal is to have a strong region,” Rouhani told Iranian state TV.

Rouhani said that the lifting of sanctions by the western powers after the nuclear deal now gives Iran an opportunity to build new ties with the world and its neighbors.

“During the sanctions our options were limited. We could only have trade relations with two or three countries,” he said according to BBC Persian, adding that the situation is now different and the end of sanctions means “we should benefit from all countries at this time.”

Rouhani stressed the importance of his country’s relations with non-western countries such as Russia, China and Japan, adding meanwhile that Iran welcomes American companies and investors.

In the interview Rouhani criticized the actions of “some neighboring countries” without naming any specific country, saying that they treat Iran in immature ways.

He added that Tehran is willing to have good relations with states in the region if the good will is reciprocated.

Comments

 
Haidar Khaneqini | 3/2/2016
Those who oppose HE President Rouhani's Peace initiatives will fail. The future of the entire region depend on cooperation in areas of Plurastic Coexistence, Political Stability & Economic Development. Tehran-KRG ties must further improve. HE President Barzani can help mediate peace process between Kurdish Opposition Forces and incumbent Iranian Presidents Adminstration. Unlike former Iranian President Ahmadinejad, he is extremely cooperative and realistic.I strongly believe he will be able to improve the overall living conditions of 10 million Kurds in Iranian Kurdistan.
sitting duck | 3/2/2016
1. Pull your military and intelligence personal out of Iraq Syria Lebanon and Yemen 2. Stop funding, supporting and arming your proxy militias and terrorist groups through out the region 3. Most importantly, stop meddling in the affairs of others. Only then can you open your lying mouth and make such claims

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