Some Western countries reap benefits from unrest in region – Rouhani (UPDATE)
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 5
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says some Western countries reap benefits from unrest in the region.
"The world should not be glad for the predicament arising in the region. The U.S. and European countries should not be honored for selling more weapons to this or that country," Rouhani said, Iran's Fars news agency reported May 5.
"Unfortunately, killings, terrorism, explosions, and destruction have been going on for centuries in the region," he added.
"They make countries in the region to be frightened of each other and pave the way for expanding the weapons market," Rouhani said.
"This way you want to create jobs? Creating jobs in weapons production factories for killing people in Baghdad, Damascus, and Sanaa?" he said.
"People are being killed. Remnants of civilization are being destroyed. Coalitions to fight with terrorism are being formed. But, what is the reality? Why do you support the killing of innocent people? Why do you sow the seed of discord among religions?" Rouhani stressed.
Iran has repeatedly called on Riyadh to immediately halt the air strikes on Yemen, which have continued since March 25, saying intra-Yemeni dialog is the only way to end the current political deadlock in the Arab country.
Tehran also rejects claims about providing military support to the Yemeni rebels.
Edited by CN