Iranian President Links Security Cooperation to Lifting of Sanctions
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a searing indictment of Western and Arab states, blamed them for sowing the seeds of extremism in the Middle East, which he said have given rise to the creation of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Rouhani made the comments in his annual speech at UN General Assembly on Thursday.
Note: Rouhani did not discuss any contributions by the Islamic Republic and its allies to the spread of extremism and terrorism in the region in the past 35 years.
President Rouhani also addressed the ongoing nuclear negotiations, implying that successful outcome in the talks and lifting of sanctions could lead to Iran’s willingness to cooperate with the West on security issues.
“The people of Iran, who have been subjected to pressures especially in the last three years as a result of continued sanctions, cannot place trust in any security cooperation between their government and those who have imposed sanctions and created obstacles in the way of satisfying even their primary needs, such as food and medicine,” Rouhani said.
Photo credit: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressing the UN General Assembly; 25 September 2014 (IRNA)