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Iran's President Rouhani calls British PM's remarks 'inappropriate and unacceptable'

Source: Tehran Times

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has criticized the anti-Iranian statements made by British Prime Minister David Cameron at the recent session of the United Nations General Assembly, calling them "inappropriate and unacceptable".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with British Prime Minister David Cameron in New York

Rouhani made the remarks at a press conference upon his arrival in Tehran after visits to New York and the Russian city of Astrakhan.

"Everyone should know that this century is the 21st century, and if anybody thinks in the environment of the 19th century, he will harm himself," Rouhani stated.

The Iranian president said his meeting with Cameron was held upon a request by the British government.

"The meeting with David Cameron, the British prime minister, was requested by London, and during his address he made a statement that was inappropriate," Rouhani said.

He went on to say that the meeting focused on Iran's nuclear energy program, the issues of "violence" and "instability" in the region, and Iran-Britain bilateral ties.

Following his meeting with Rouhani, Cameron said during his address at the 69th annual session of the UN General Assembly that Tehran should change its policies on "support for terrorist organizations, its nuclear program, [and] its treatment of its people."

Rouhani said he held several other meetings with high-ranking officials of various countries, such as the presidents of France, Turkey, Iraq, Venezuela, and Switzerland, and the prime ministers of Lebanon and Japan.

The Iranian president also commented on the nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany), describing the talks as progressive.

Rouhani paid a two-day visit to Russia to attend the 4th summit of Caspian Sea littoral states after he wrapped up his visit to New York. While in the United States, Rouhani attended the 69th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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