Iran President Hassan Rouhani Says Tehran to Deliver Message of Peace and Stability to World
23:44 23.09.2019(updated 00:22 24.09.2019)
The statement came following the Iranian president's arrival at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport as he is expected to take part in the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Iran hopes to deliver the regional nations' message of peace and stability, including "an end to any intervention in the sensitive Persian Gulf and the Middle East" to the world, according to IRNA.
"I will also get the Iranian nation's message across to the international community. The Iranian people are suffering from a cruel economic war. Iran is a nation of resistance and wants everyone to return to their commitments and laws," Rouhani said.
The Iranian president's speech at UN General Assembley slated for Wednesday. He is to propose the idea of "Hormuz Peace", an initiative by Tehran aimed at de-escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf, IRNA reported.
Tensions in the Middle East and in the Gulf region particularly have escalated further following the attacks against Saudi Arabia's oil facilities that took place on 14 September. Despite Yemen's Houthis claimed the attack, Washington has blamed Iran for it. Tehran has denied its involvement.
The overall situation in the Middle East remains tense as the US continues its policy of 'maximum pressure' on Iran, labelling the latter "a threat" to the regional peace.
Since yearly 2019 the US has been building up its military presence in the Middle East under the pretext of an "Iranian threat" and the latter's alleged intention to obtain nuclear weapons. In the Persian Gulf in particular several incidents have taken place, including the downing of a US RQ-4A Global Hawk spy drone in June, which Iran claimed violated its airspace.
Iran has reiterated that it does not seek war, with the country's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, noting that Tehran "would have been able to do it [develop nuclear weapons] a long time ago," had it been interested.
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