1246 GMT February 18, 2020
“We want a secure and powerful region and would like our neighbors to be united,” Rouhani told a large gathering of people in the southeastern city of Zabol, IRNA reported.
Noting that Iran does not seek to compete with other regional countries on its path to development, the president said that Iran wants to have cordial relations with all regional countries and cooperate with them.
“We don't favor any distance between Iran and Muslim and neighboring countries or the Arab world, the Muslim world as a whole, and if a country has distanced itself from us, it is not our fault,” Rouhani said.
“It is not our fault if princes are in conflict within certain countries, and if some countries are bombarding another one for three years and if some supporters of Daesh are upset about the defeat of this group,” he said referring to Saudi Arabia leading a military coalition that has been pounding Yemen since March 2015.
Rouhani further hailed the defeat of Daesh in Syria and Iraq, describing the terror group as a “sinister plot” hatched by the US and the Israeli regime aimed to “distort the image of Islam” and “strengthen Israel.”
“But vigilant nations of the region managed to thwart this ploy by standing up against the global arrogant power,” the president said.
“They wanted to stop the progress of the region through terrorism but, today, Daesh’s bases in the region have been destroyed,” he continued.
Rouhani expressed hope that violence and terrorism would be eradicated in the region someday.