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Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani on Monday dismissed his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump's summit with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia this weekend as "just a show". He said America is prepared to stand with them but the region can not wait for American power to crush the enemy. Trump has said the nuclear accord that world powers reached with Iran is one of the worst deals he's seen and is reviewing policy toward the country.

Iran's recently re-elected President Hassan Rouhani said that the Syrian issue should be solved through dialogue and peaceful means.

In that address, Trump also took aim at Iran, accusing Tehran of contributing to instability in the region.

Rouhani decisively won a presidential election on Friday, securing another four-year term.

Signing of arms deals worth $109 billion was announced coinciding with Trump's visit, including the supplying of THAAD missile defense systems and upgrading of Saudi military capabilities, symbolizing the commitment by the Trump Administration to the Saudis and USA allies in the region.

Mr Rouhani yesterday ridiculed U.S. strategy in the Middle East, dismissing Mr Trump's summit with Arab leaders on Sunday as "just a show".

He was less flattering in his assessment of the Trump administration so far.


French carmakers PSA PEUP.PA and Renault RENA.PA are taking advantage of their lack of US operations by piling into a resurgent Iranian market that is still off-limits to rivals fearful that Trump's administration will impose sanctions.

While Trump called the Iranian nuclear agreement "the worst deal ever" while campaigning, since taking office he has refused to rip it up, concluding, rightly, that he would be blamed for destroying the world's best - and now only - hope for keeping nuclear weapons out of Iranian hands.

"We are waiting for the new United States administration to find stability and continuity in its policies", he added. The turnout was relatively high, around 70 percent, and Rouhani has obtained 57 percent of the votes, winning the election in the first round.

"Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani was the first one who encouraged me a year ago to run for the 12th round of the presidential election".

His win shifts power to the reformists in the looming fight over who will succeed Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as Iran's next supreme leader. "We will not wait for them and their permission". Our missiles are for peace and for defence ...

Mr Rouhani also said last week's election showed Iranians wanted more democracy and interaction with the world, adding that this would lead to much-needed economic progress.

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