TEHRAN (Agencies) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged Muslims worldwide on Saturday to unite against the United States and assured Saudis they were “brothers” who had nothing to fear from Tehran.
US President Donald Trump abandoned a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Tehran in May and has since re-imposed crippling unilateral sanctions.
Speaking at the annual Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Rouhani said the US wants to enslave the Middle East. He said regional Muslim nations should stop “rolling out the red carpet for criminals,” a thinly-veiled criticism of Saudi Arabia and other regional nations that have close ties to the U.S.
“What the United States wants of [the Middle East] today is enslavement,” Rouhani said.
Muslim governments should unite against the United States and “the region’s cancerous tumour”, Israel, he said.