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Iran: 'Foreign forces' in Gulf 'can cause problems and insecurity' says Rouhani

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
September 22, 2019 at 14:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that "foreign forces can cause problems and insecurity" in the Gulf region, while speaking at an annual military parade in Tehran on Sunday, just days after the United States announced that it would be deploying additional troops to the Middle East following the recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Rouhani also extended "the hand of friendship" to neighbouring countries for regional cooperation.

"We are ready to even forgive their [neighbouring countries'] past mistakes, because we are in conditions that the foes of Islam and the region, meaning the United States, arrogance and Zionism are seeking to take advantage of division," said the Iranian president.

He added that Iran will present a plan at the United Nations that will show how regional cooperation can "create security for the Persian Gulf, the Oman Sea and Strait of Hormuz."

Footage also shows the parade including various missile systems, such as the Bavar 373 and Sejjil.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Friday that Washington would be deploying more troops and military equipment to the region at the request of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The drone attacks on September 14, which struck an oil processing facility in Abqaiq and the Khurais oil field, were claimed by Houthi militants operating in Yemen but both the US and Saudi authorities have accused Iran of being responsible, although Tehran has repeatedly denied this.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that "foreign forces can cause problems and insecurity" in the Gulf region, while speaking at an annual military parade in Tehran on Sunday, just days after the United States announced that it would be deploying additional troops to the Middle East following the recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Rouhani also extended "the hand of friendship" to neighbouring countries for regional cooperation.

"We are ready to even forgive their [neighbouring countries'] past mistakes, because we are in conditions that the foes of Islam and the region, meaning the United States, arrogance and Zionism are seeking to take advantage of division," said the Iranian president.

He added that Iran will present a plan at the United Nations that will show how regional cooperation can "create security for the Persian Gulf, the Oman Sea and Strait of Hormuz."

Footage also shows the parade including various missile systems, such as the Bavar 373 and Sejjil.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Friday that Washington would be deploying more troops and military equipment to the region at the request of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The drone attacks on September 14, which struck an oil processing facility in Abqaiq and the Khurais oil field, were claimed by Houthi militants operating in Yemen but both the US and Saudi authorities have accused Iran of being responsible, although Tehran has repeatedly denied this.

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