Sep 22, 2019 07:53 UTC
  • Iran to present ‘Hormuz Peace Initiative’ at UN: President Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani says Iran will present at the United Nations this year an initiative for regional cooperation to ensure peace in the Strait of Hormuz.

According to Press TV, President Rouhani made the remarks in Tehran on Sunday during a military parade commemorating the 39th anniversary of the start of the Iraqi-imposed war on Iran.

Rouhani said Iran extended a hand of friendship and brotherhood to all its neighbors and was “even ready to ignore their past mistakes... because the enemies of Islam and the region” were seeking to take advantage of the rifts among regional states.

President Rouhani said “The security of the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Sea of Oman is indigenous,” adding, “Foreign forces could cause problems and insecurity for our nation and region.”

“This year at the United Nations, we will present to the world the Hormuz Peace Initiative — the gist of which is love and hope — with the slogan ‘The coalition of hope,’” he said.

President Rouhani is scheduled to travel to New York for the annual UN General Assembly meeting on Monday.

Rouhani also censured the American military for bringing insecurity to whatever place it set foot in, including Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and the Persian Gulf.

On the contrary, he said, Iranian Armed Forces have brought security to the countries that they have helped.

“When they (Iranian Armed Forces) stood by the side of the people of Iraq, Syria, Palestine, and Lebanon, they brought security to those lands and could root out savage terrorists in the region, that is our difference with the enemy in the region,” the Iranian president said.

He said Iran would neither allow any violation of its borders nor would it violate those of other countries.

The economic war on Iran, accompanied by psychological warfare and threats of military aggression, is meant to first and foremost target the Islamic Revolution, he said, adding that the nation however has the capability to withstand arrogant powers as it did during the Iraqi-imposed war.

Forces from the Iranian Army, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Police, Border Guards, and Basij (Voluntary forces) are participating in the parades that started on Sunday and that are being held in Tehran and 30 other provincial capitals, as well as in the waters of the Persian Gulf.