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    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves during a news conference in Tehran, Iran January 17, 2016.

    Rouhani: US, Iran Must Work Together to Calm Middle East

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    With the lifting of sanctions, Iran is poised to play a more active role in international diplomacy. During his visit to Italy, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed that if the United States has any hope of solving conflicts in the Middle East, it needs Tehran’s help.

    President Rouhani is conducting a four-day visit to Rome and Paris to shore up international business contracts, now that Iran is no longer isolated by sanctions.

    Speaking in Rome, the president stated his hope that Tehran and Washington can work together to solve regional problems in the Middle East.

    "It’s possible that Iran and the United States might have friendly relations. But the key is in Washington’s hands, not Tehran’s," he told reporters. "I would like to see the Americans set aside their hostility and choose another way, but inside the US there are some problems, there is no unified voice."

    On Tuesday, Rouhani said that economic opportunity is key to creating stability in the region.

    "If we want to combat extremism in the world, if we want to fight terror, one of the roads before us is providing growth and jobs. Lack of growth creates forces for terrorism. Unemployment creates soldiers for terrorists," he said during a business forum in Rome.

    "We are ready to welcome investment, welcome technology and create a new export market," Rouhani added.

    International sanctions have been lifted from Tehran following a nuclear agreement negotiated between Iran and the P5+1 nations, including Russia, the US, UK, China, France, and Germany. The lifting of sanctions comes in exchange for Iran limiting its uranium enrichment capabilities, and allowing UN inspections to ensure that the country is not pursuing development of nuclear weapons.


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    • Why do they need Tehran's help..? or Tehran needs their help when the whole world already knew who's the culprit/s that shakes the ME.. If you think you're Superior.. (like the US did.. ) you don't need all these kinda lip services.. Just do it.. we don't need those scumbags Yankees to cleanse the Middle East Regions... it'll get worse and give headache to you... try cleaning the Wahabbis first.. then the scumbags US will show their face.. of course not in a human form..! At least Russia did surprised the hell out of them..! Not just empty talk.. tough the world appreciates all the noble tasks supports given by Tehran all these while regarding the ME conflicts.. Thank you
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      The terrorist American government does not work WITH anyone.
    • ralf.sxm
      US is not interested in calming Middle East.
    • ralf.sxmin reply toMitach2002(Show commentHide comment)
      Mitach2002, I could agree. But we Americans are basically no terrorists. US is a terrorist state - of course. But US is not representing America. Best regards from Middle / South America
    • Ivan Buckeyein reply toralf.sxm(Show commentHide comment)
      ralf.sxm, the real crapper is others in the world are seeing Americans and their wealthy overlords as one in the same. Strangely, it seems that many nations have had their personal integrity shamed on an individual's level and are painted over with broad strokes. Look at how Russia bears the brunt of the U.S.S.R.'s mistakes and how Russians are distorted into being the seen as Commies in new clothes. Ridiculous. I refer to "U.S. officials" not Americans when discussing actions from those in government.
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      This guy is a clown. Helping the one that HATES IRAN. And created the whole mess anyways. Next time Russia should let them ROT in their own soil.
      Anyways, West hates IRAN. Why ? Palestine and GAZA. Iran is seen as terrorist sponsor . Specially by Israel.
      Iran will have many lessons ahead.
      She thinks she all that, just because they were ear FORCED to suspend sanctions when Russia placed pressures with a plan. It wasn't U.S , like U.S wants to claim now.
      Iran best wise up, and stop thinking it's the celebrity of the world.
      E.U treat them that way, just to get their paws in Iran markets. Nothing else.
      This guy best begin to sober up.
      Or face humanitarian sanctions over Sharia law and regime change with a coup. They already at it.
    • Ann in reply toMitach2002(Show commentHide comment)
      Mitach2002, not unless they are a disposable terrorist organization, trying to overthrow a legitimate government in a nation that is geopolitically attractive to the U.S. warmongers...
    • Ann in reply toralf.sxm(Show commentHide comment)
      ralf.sxm, not until they can control it.
    • Ann in reply toIvan Buckeye(Show commentHide comment)
      Ivan Buckeye, THANK YOU, from a very unhappy American.
    • Ivan Buckeyein reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, I hear you. Same here.
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      Whether genuine or not, they can keep pushing the envelope as much as they desire, the USA won't change a thing. However, in other parts around the globe this approach can be seen rather as a positive thing while the State Dept. looks more and more incompetent.
    • Iran having been invaded by the USA should have learned by now.

      Doesn't anyone ever learn to not cooperate with USA NATO for always there are fatal consequences?

      What did cooperation in surrendering its nuclear program get Libya? The shaft, litterally and figerativly. What did cooperation get Russia? NATO expansion past the East German border. Jeorgia Genocide of Russian, Spoth Ossetia and Abkazia. Ukraine CIA Kiev Coup Junta. Destruction of Donetsk National Republic and Lugansk National Republic, etc.

      Iran like Russia never learn to not make pact deals with Nazis.

      *** Free Viktor Bout and All Pro-Russians, tortured, missing, murdered and or falsely imprisoned, in USA and NATO Secret Prison Axis, Account For All, Remember and Lawfully Avenge All Forevermore.***
    • ralf.sxmin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, It is not only winning wars. US is interested in keeping wars running, as in the meantime the US military industrial complex is already about 25% of US economy.
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      ozcanerdonmezin reply toIvan Buckeye(Show commentHide comment)
      Ivan Buckeye,

      The same mistake to generalize a whole people is made with respect to many countries and cultures in the world. All 1,6 billion Muslims are seen as terrorists for example. If that were the case, there would be no life on earth anymore.
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