President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at his American counterpart for making an “incorrect” decision to recognize al-Quds as the “capital” of of the illegal Zionist entity, warning that the move adds fuel to tensions in the Middle East.
According to Press TV, Rouhani in a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Tehran on Sunday said: “The regional situation is such that one should not fan the flames and the US president’s recent decision to move the country’s embassy to al-Quds was an incorrect decision and was [like] pouring gasoline on the flames in the region.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said Iran sought to establish sustainable peace and stability, help end war and bloodshed, and uproot terrorism in the region, adding that Tehran-London talks could lead to the development of regional stability.
It is clear that Iran’s constructive role saved two regional countries from the threat of terrorism, he said, adding, “No one can doubt Iran’s positive measures in the region.”
Backed by popular groups and Iranian military advisors, armed forces in Iraq and Syria have managed to flush Daesh militants out of their last strongholds in both countries, declaring full victory over the notorious terror group.
The Iranian president also stressed the importance of boosting cordial relations between Tehran and London after the implementation of the landmark nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015.
He expressed dissatisfaction with the level of Tehran-London cooperation after the JCPOA implementation and urged the two sides to make more efforts to reach “a desirable point in relations.”
The president emphasized that cooperation between Iran and the P5+1 led to the valuable international agreement and called on all signatories to show their determination in practice to use the atmosphere after the JCPOA as an opportunity to expand all-out relations.
Iran plays positive role in terror fight: Johnson
The British foreign secretary, for his part, said Iran had taken positive measures in the fight against terrorism and promoted regional peace and stability.
Johnson added that London did not regard Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as an appropriate move.
He said the JCPOA was a positive accord, which should be upheld in a way that the Iranian nation could take advantage of its economic benefits.
Johnson also expressed Britain’s willingness to participate in Iran’s investment projects.