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Iran's Rouhani seeks to boost ties on first visit to Baghdad

Iran's Rouhani seeks to boost ties on first visit to BaghdadBAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in Baghdad on Monday, making his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group.



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Iran's Rouhani arrives in Iraq on first official visit: state TV

Iran's Rouhani arrives in Iraq on first official visit: state TVIran’s President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Iraq on Monday for his first official visit, state television said, as Baghdad is under pressure from Washington to limit ties with its neighbour. Before leaving Tehran Rouhani hailed the “special” relations between Iran and Iraq, saying they could not be compared to Baghdad’s ties “with an aggressor country like America”.



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Rouhani seeks to shore up Iran's influence on Baghdad trip

Rouhani seeks to shore up Iran's influence on Baghdad tripThe first Iranian presidential visit to Iraq since 2013 is also meant to signal to President Donald Trump’s administration that Tehran retains its influence in much of the region despite U.S. sanctions. “Iran and Iraq are neighbors and no country can interfere in their relations,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said after arriving in Baghdad to prepare for the visit. Rouhani’s three-day trip starting on Monday includes meetings with Iraq’s president and prime minister, tours of Shi’ite Muslim holy sites and a meeting with top Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iranian state media reported.



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Iran's Rouhani accuses U.S. of trying to change clerical establishment

Iran's Rouhani accuses U.S. of trying to change clerical establishmentIranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States on Wednesday of plotting to use economic pressure to overthrow the Islamic republic’s clerical establishment, and ruled out the possibility of talks with Washington. “Iran is in economic and psychological war with America and its allies. U.S.-Iranian tensions resurged after President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of world powers’ 2015 agreement with Iran that curbed its disputed nuclear activity.



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Iran's Rouhani blames U.S., Israel for attack on elite Guards: TV

Iran's Rouhani blames U.S., Israel for attack on elite Guards: TVIranian President Hassan Rouhani blamed the United States and its regional allies on Thursday for a suicide bombing in southeastern Iran that killed 27 members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards, Iranian state TV reported. The force said on Wednesday a suicide bomber driving a vehicle laden with explosives had attacked a bus transporting members of the Guards in the province of Sistan-Baluchestan. A militant Sunni Muslim group, Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for the ethnic minority Baluchis, has claimed responsibility for the attack, Iranian media have reported.



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Iran's Rouhani says sanctions may lead to drugs, refugee, bomb 'deluge'

Iran's Rouhani says sanctions may lead to drugs, refugee, bomb 'deluge'Iranian President Hassan Rouhani predicted a “deluge” of drugs, refugees and attacks on the West if U.S. sanctions weaken Iran’s ability to contain them. “I warn those who impose sanctions that if Iran’s ability to fight drugs and terrorism are affected … you will not be safe from a deluge of drugs, asylum seekers, bombs and terrorism,” Rouhani said in a speech carried live on state television. Separately, Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying that the United States is selling more arms into the Middle East than the region needs, making it a “tinderbox”.



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Iran's Rouhani calls Israel a 'cancerous tumor'

Iran's Rouhani calls Israel a 'cancerous tumor'TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday called Israel a "cancerous tumor" established by Western countries to advance their interests in the Middle East.



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Rouhani sees Iran, Iraq expanding trade despite U.S. sanctions

Rouhani sees Iran, Iraq expanding trade despite U.S. sanctionsIran and Iraq could raise their annual bilateral trade to $ 20 billion from the current $ 12 billion, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, despite concerns over the impact of renewed U.S. sanctions. Rouhani’s remarks, after a meeting with visiting Iraqi President Barham Salih, came two weeks after the United States restored sanctions targeting Iran’s oil industry as well as its banking and transportation sectors. “… through bilateral efforts, we can raise this figure (for bilateral trade) to $ 20 billion in the near future,” Rouhani said in comments broadcast live on state television.



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Europe support against US 'rare victory' for Iran: Rouhani

Europe support against US 'rare victory' for Iran: RouhaniPresident Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that the divisions between the US and Europe over renewed sanctions on Iran were a “rare historical victory” for the Islamic republic. “If this time last year, we had stated that America would stand against the great nation of Iran… and Europe would stand with Iran and against America, the overwhelming majority of us… would have said that this was pure optimism,” Rouhani told lawmakers in a televised address.



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Rouhani Braces for Sanctions With New Ministers in Key Posts

Rouhani Braces for Sanctions With New Ministers in Key PostsIt’s drawn its sword from the sheath and points it in the faces of the people of Iran, and we have to battle and we have to fight and we have to be united,” Rouhani said in a speech to lawmakers ahead of the parliamentary vote aired on state TV. Rouhani is under mounting pressure to contain a currency crisis brought on by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal.



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