In a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmoud Qasuri, Rowhani said that Iran is a democratic country and can never be placed in the same category as Afghanistan and Iraq.
"In Afghanistan and Iraq, there had been no democratic governments, but, in Iran 65 million people support their own government and are ready to defend the country," he said.
Rowhani said that US officials are speculating their desire, but, they know that Iran is inaccessible for them. They should take practical steps to prove goodwill instead of conducting a volley of rhetoric.
He said that the US unilateralism has put the international peace and stability in jeopardy and condemned the US practice as the 'international gendarme which brought global dictatorship'.
He expressed surprise at the US anxiety about Iranian humanitarian aid to the Iraqi people living under the critical situation in absence of food, medicine and safe drinking water.
Rowhani said that the occupying powers' treatment of Iraqi people is a cause of anxiety and called for speedy action to form a democratic government in Iraq.
On Tehran-Islamabad relations, Rowhani said that relations between the two countries are growing and called for utilizing the capacities of the two countries for economic cooperation.
He said that Iranian and Pakistani nations enjoy cultural affinity and the two governments and nations stand by each other in case of difficulty in one or the other.
Rowhani appreciated President Pervez Musharraf's campaign against extremists and sectarian violence in Pakistan and said Iran and Pakistan have no difficulty in developing relations.
He said that Iran regards borders with Pakistan as safe borders.
Iran-Pakistan joint campaign against terrorism is of high significance, he said, adding that both Taliban and al-Qaeda are dangerous to the region.
He called on Pakistani government to prevent possible cross-border movement of al-Qaeda elements into Iran.
Rowhani said that Iran has so far arrested and handed over more than 500 al-Qaeda suspects to their respective countries.
He underscored the need to combat drug trafficking in cooperation with Pakistan and Afghanistan and said that drug has jeopardized the international community and campaign against the threat should be seriously followed.
He said that Iran-Pakistan cooperation is a key for peace and stability in the region and called for joint efforts to speed up Afghan reconstruction.
Qasuri said that both Shia and Sunni Muslims are living in Pakistan adding that Persian language had been Pakistan's formal language before independence and the founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah had been a Shia Muslim.
He said that terrorists involved in assassination of Iranian diplomats have ben arrested and Pakistan is seriously following the international campaign against terrorists.
Qasuri said that Taliban (which enjoyed Islamabad's support toppling President Burhanuddin Rabbani's government) led Iran-Pakistan to strained relations and expressed pleasure with improved relations between the two countries.
The Pakistani foreign minister said that Washington has adopted wrong policy toward Iran and called on the United States to revise it.
Iran will resist US pressure: Kharrazi
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on Saturday vowed that his country would continue to resist American pressures to succumb to Washington's demands, IRNA reported from Berlin.
"We will also resist this pressure from the United States," Kharrazi was quoted as saying in an interview with the weekly Der Spiegel magazine, due to hit newsstands Monday.
The minister strongly rejected American allegations that Iran was providing safe-haven to members of the Al-Qaeda terror network.
"We have fought the organization, have arrested its members and sent them back home," Kharrazi said.
He pointed out that Iran harshly condemned the September 11, 2001 US terror attacks as 'naked terrorism'.
As to US accusations that Iran has been intervening in the political developments in post-war Iraq, Kharrazi said the events after the fall of the old regime indicated US 'ignorance' about the conditions in Baghdad.
"The United States only sees that things are not going in Iraq the way it wishes. The US soldiers are occupiers who have no business being in Iraq," he said.
"It (US) is looking for guilty parties, the way it always does," Kharrazi added.
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