Monday, May 22, 2017

Meh, He's Not Impressed

At a news conference in Tehran after his decisive re-election on Friday over a hard-line conservative, [President Hassan Rouhani of Iran] said his victory had demonstrated that Iranians wanted more freedoms and interaction with the world.


[He also said that] President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia was meaningless theatrics.


His remarks amounted to an emphatic denunciation of the Saudi monarchy’s extravagant welcome for Mr. Trump in Riyadh on Saturday and Sunday and their portrayal of Iran as the destabilizing force in the region.

Mr. Rouhani said Iran would continue test-firing missiles despite American warnings, describing Iran’s weapons as defensive.

He also ridiculed the $110 billion arms deal the United States and Saudi Arabia announced during Mr. Trump’s visit, suggesting it was Saudi Arabia’s way of making amends for the Sept. 11 attacks.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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