November 26, 2020

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‘Trump Is Gone, We And Our Neighbors Are Staying’: Iran’s Zarif Calls for Dialogue to End Tensions

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Sunday his country extends its hands to its neighbors and called on all to engage in dialogue to end tensions after Donald Trump has left the White House.

“Trump is gone and we and our neighbors are staying. Betting on foreigners does not bring security, and disappoints. We extend our hands to our neighbors in order to cooperate in achieving common interests of our peoples and countries,” he tweeted.

Zarif called on “everyone to engage in dialogue as the only way to end differences and tensions”, pointing out that “Together we will build a better future for our region”.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said during a cabinet meeting on Sunday that the next US administration had a chance to reverse Trump’s “harmful, incorrect” policies and end the maximum pressure approach.

“Now is the time for the next administration of the United States to make up for past mistakes and return to the path of adherence to international obligations,” he was quoted as saying by the Foreign Ministry.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told the Al-Alam news channel that Iran did not have high hopes that the US would get back into the 2015 nuclear deal, arguing that Washington only had its own interests at heart.

During the Trump presidency, his administration withdrew from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran deal, that was aimed at curbing Iranian nuclear capabilities and preventing Tehran from creating nuclear weapons. Following the withdrawal, Trump reimposed harsh economic sanctions on Tehran, urging all countries to follow suit, while threatening to impose sanctions against those who refused to do so.

Tensions between the US and Iran and in the Middle East escalated following the 4 January assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, who was targeted in an American airstrike while in Iraq on what was reported as a diplomatic mission. 

Trump ordered Soleimani’s killing, which quickly led to counter-attacks by many in the region against American bases in Iraq.

All major US media declared Biden the winner of the 2020 US presidential election on Saturday. While Biden claimed victory on Saturday, Trump continues to assert that the race was not yet over. Trump has consistently claimed that the election was fraudulent and promised that his campaign would assert its claim to victory in US courts.

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