Rouhani : Iran ready to improve ties with Gulf rivals

Iran is ready to work with all of its neighbours to secure peace in the Middle East in the face of US and Israeli aggression, President Hassan Rouhani said  .

However, pressure is building on Tehran after President Donald Trump pulled the US out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and reimposed sanctions, targeting Iran’s vital oil sector. Saudi Arabia welcomed the move.

“Iran is ready to work with regional states to preserve security in the Middle East,” Rouhani said in a public speech in the southern Hormozgan province, broadcast live on state TV.

“We want to establish brotherly ties with all countries of the region… Iran has never started any aggression in the region,” he said.

“Those regional states that believe Israel and America can establish security are wrong. We, the Muslims, should ensure the regional security,” Rouhani said to chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”.

On Monday, Iran inaugurated the third and final phase of the sprawling Persian Gulf Star oil refinery built in the Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas.


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