If you can believe Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and you can’t, he says there was never any meeting request from the Iranian government to the U.S. government, despite the tweet from President Donald Trump Tuesday morning on the subject.
Trump tweeted: “despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!”
Despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2018
Rouhani, whose country sponsors terror and is subject to sanctions from other nations and the U.N. over their weapons programs and international support for terrorism, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that “not this year, nor last year, we have never made such a request for a meeting with the President of the United States.”
“Of course, last year, from American officials we have received eight requests for a meeting, and I did not see that as being an appropriate meeting, as I do not see it being appropriate now,” he was translated as saying. “A meeting must take place at a time when that meeting can serve a purpose, can be beneficial, can serve the benefits of both countries.”
“But under the current conditions, when it comes to a meeting and dialogue, I do not see it as beneficial nor appropriate,” he said. “But you should ask him who made such requests.”
Amanpour pointed out that Trump previously insulted and then at a later time praised North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, and then asked the leader of Iran if he thinks Trump is a “lovely man” and how he would react to Trump reaching out as he did with Kim.
“For me what is of importance is that the leaders of the two countries are seeking mutual interests and have a dialogue and take subsequent steps which ultimately can lead to the undoing of the knots that have existed and the difficulties that have existed in the relationships between the two countries in the last four decades,” he said. “Anything else is just playing with words and will not get us to any solutions.”
By knots and difficulties, it is presumed Rouhani refers to his regime’s commitment to the destruction of Israel, their actions against American troops in Iraq and Syria, their sponsorship of terror groups like Hamas, Hizballah, and the Palestine Islamic Jihad, their refusal to prosecute Al Qaeda terrorists, and their pursuit of nuclear weapons capable of destroying Israel and attacking the United States.
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