Iran President Hassan Rouhani says extremism, sectarianism, violence and terrorism pose dangerous challenges to the region, calling on regional nations to counter these challenges through cooperation.
President Rouhani made the remarks on Tuesday in a telephone conversation with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. The Qatari monarch called Rouhani to congratulate him on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha and invite him to pay a state visit to Qatar.
Rouhani further pointed to the current state of affairs in the Muslim world and the region, and expressed concern about the persistence of extremism, violence and terrorism in the Middle East.
Underlining his desire to establish an atmosphere of moderation and rationalism in international relations, the Iranian president reiterated that the Islamic Republic’s policy is based on broadening ties with neighboring countries, particularly those in the Persian Gulf region.
He further expressed hope for a major improvement of relations “between the two friendly countries of Iran and Qatar” in the near future.
For his part, the Qatari emir welcomed President Rouhani’s views and also emphasized the need for Iran-Qatar cooperation in combating extremism, violence and terrorism in the region.
During the phone conversation, the two leaders also discussed regional and international conditions as well as bilateral relations.