Iran’s Rouhani at UN calls on rival Saudi to cease ‘divisive policies’

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September 22, 2016

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran addresses the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran addresses the 71st United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, U.S. September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday (Sept 22) called on Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia to “cease and desist” from division if Riyadh was serious about regional peace and security.

“If the Saudi government is serious about its vision for development and regional security, it must cease and desist from divisive policies, spread of hate ideology and trampling upon the rights of neighbours,” Rouhani told the United Nations General Assembly.

The leading Shi’ite Muslim power, Iran and Sunni-led Saudi Arabia are both fighting Sunni militants of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which controls parts of Syria and Iraq and has supporters and sympathisers worldwide who have carried out bombings and shootings of civilians.

Teheran has sent in troops to confront the movement and other militants in Syria’s civil war while Riyadh has been hit by a series of attacks claimed by the militants.

Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic relations with Iran in January after Iranian protesters attacked Saudi diplomatic missions in Teheran and Mashhad following Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shi’ite cleric.

Demonstrators protest against Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani outside the UN headquarters in New York on Sept 22, 2016. PHOTO by AFP

In his speech, Rouhani criticised the United States for Washington’s “lack of compliance” with a landmark nuclear deal reached with six major powers and Iran in 2015 aimed at curbing Teheran’s nuclear programme in exchange for lifting sanctions.

Iran is pressing the United States to ease banking obstacles to the reopening of trade under the deal.

Major foreign banks are reluctant to get involved because of concerns that they could be caught up in restrictions applying to US banks, which are still banned from doing business with Iran because of core US sanctions that remain in force.

“The lack of compliance with the deal on the part of the United States in the past several months represents a flawed approach that should be rectified forthwith,” Rouhani said.

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Iranian demonstrators chant slogans during a protest denouncing the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr

Iranian demonstrators chant slogans during a protest denouncing the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, in January 2016. Photo: Vahid Salemi/AP
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A protester holds an image depicting Saudi Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr as she protests against his execution by Saudi authorities, in village of the Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain

A protester holds an image depicting Saudi Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr as she protests against his execution by Saudi authorities, in village of the Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain  Photo: Reuters

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Iranian protesters burn U.S. and an Israel flags during a protest against the execution of the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, outside the Saudi Arabia Embassy in northern Tehran

Iranian protesters burn U.S. and an Israel flags during a protest against the execution of the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, outside the Saudi Arabia Embassy in northern Tehran  Photo: Morteza Nikoubazl/SIPA/REX — 2 January 2016

Iran angry protesters attack Saudi Embassy in Tehran & Consulate in Mashhad. Police arrests a few to restore calm.
The Saudi embassy in Tehran was burned and looted in January 2016 after the Saudis executed Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Iran angry protesters attack Saudi Embassy in Tehran & Consulate in Mashhad. Police arrests a few to restore calm.

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One Response to “Iran’s Rouhani at UN calls on rival Saudi to cease ‘divisive policies’”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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