Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Iran president holds phone conversation with Qatari emir over Gulf relations

US President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver press statements before an official dinner in Jerusalem Iran president holds phone conversation with Qatari emir over Gulf relations
Ellis Copeland | 29 May, 2017, 09:10

Lawmakers who backed the bill said they do not believe that its passage, which would require support by the House of Representatives and President Donald Trump to become law, would violate terms of the worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran reached in 2015. "I have found new reasons for hope", the president said after his arrival in Tel Aviv, whilst remaining short on details.The last round of talks broke down three years ago without substantial progress on the key issues. He predicts "continued low-to-medium grade confrontation" in conflict theatres such as Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.Mr. Trump has always fashioned himself as a deal maker and has expressed his determination to broker a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, the "ultimate deal".

"The issue of terrorism can not be solved through giving money to superpowers", Rouhani said, adding that his nation would "uproot terrorism" and bring stability to the region. He said the Sunni-ruled kingdom "has never seen a ballot box", a pointed dig in the wake of Iran's presidential election Friday that drew long lines as over 40 million people voted. "Those who are supporting terrorism cannot claim to be fighting it", President Rouhani added. The US president returned to those criticisms during his Israel visit, alleging that Tehran's belligerent regional activities - including threats to Arab neighbors - appeared to have been "emboldened" by the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which provided Iran with tens of billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for a partial reduction of its nuclear enrichment. Facing depressed prices, Saudi Arabia and other countries including non-OPEC member and Iran ally Russian Federation began pushing for the cuts as a way of stabilizing the industry.

Among the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) states, Iran has closer ties with Oman and Kuwait.

Trump has criticised the nuclear deal, which was opposed by every Republican in Congress and several Democrats.

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Trump repeatedly has criticized Iran in speeches on his first foreign trip.

They quoted him querying USA hostility towards Iran, speaking of tensions between Doha and Washington, defending Qatar's support for Hamas and Hizbollah, and speculating that president Donald Trump might not remain in power for long.

"We can no longer allow the nuclear agreement with Iran to dictate USA policy throughout the Middle East, and this bill is an important first step in finally holding Iran accountable for their non-nuclear destabilizing activities", Corker said in a news release. The Trump administration in February sanctioned more than two dozen people and companies in retaliation for a ballistic missile test, warning it had put the Islamic Republic "on notice". "Know that while there is a technical need to conduct missile tests, we will do so and we will ask the permission of no one", Rouhani told reporters in Tehran.

Rouhani added: "Our missiles are for peace, not for attack".

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