The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani
A news bulletin on Iranian state TV on Sunday, July 22 reported on a speech by President Rouhani in which he called for closer relations between Iran and its regional adversaries Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain. This marks an abrupt change in tone by Iran’s regime, which has issued a stream of threats against Saudi Arabia in recent years with the head of Iran’s military forces threatening in June that Iran would fire 1,000 missiles at Riyadh.
In the bulletin, the newsreader says, “In part of his speech during a meeting with heads of Iranian missions abroad, President Rouhani said, ‘We are seeking a good relationship with the world and want to have the best relations with neighboring countries. Therefore, in the new circumstances, we seek to repair the relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the UAE and Bahrain,’
President Rouhani added that [the slogan] ‘“Neither East nor West” has no conflict in terms of working with the West or the East. As such, our relationship with Russia is based on neighborliness and mutual interests.’ The president further called on the government’s ambassadors to further mobilize, saying, ‘Today is a golden day for diplomats by connecting with all the small and large companies worldwide because Iran’s doors are open to technology and investment.”