- In an address to a weekly cabinet session in Tehran on Wednesday, Rouhani said the Zionist regime’s claim that it is seeking a role in the regional security is absurd.
“The answer to such claims is clear: the Israelis had better protect their own security where they exist if they can,” the Iranian president said, adding that the Zionist regime has brought about nothing but “insecurity, massacre and terror” wherever it has been present.
“The root cause of terrorism, war and massacre in the region is the Zionists and the usurping regime of Israel,” Rouhani deplored.
He further said that announcements of support for the new US-initiated coalition for the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman are impractical and fake.
Even if they were to materialize, the US-led coalition would be of no help to regional security, the Iranian president said, underlining, “Together with the littoral states of this historical gulf (Persian Gulf), the Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to protect the region’s security, as it has been doing throughout history.”
The president reiterated that ensuring security and stability in the Persian Gulf would not need any foreign forces, adding, “The regional countries can preserve their security with unity, solidarity and dialogue, and the US’ claims and measures will be undoubtedly of no benefit to them (Americans).”
Under a plan detailed on July 9, the US would provide coordinating ships and lead surveillance efforts while participants in the coalition patrolled nearby waters and escorted commercial vessels with their nation’s flags.
In remarks in 2016, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that security of the Persian Gulf region comes within the purview of the regional countries alone, and dismissed the US claim of seeking security in the region.
“The Persian Gulf security relates to the countries of the region which have common interests, and not to the US. So, security of the Persian Gulf region should be provided by the countries of this region itself,” the Leader said.