Hassan Rouhani: "Iran will not allow anyone to violate its borders"

 Hassan Rouhani: "Iran will not allow anyone to violate its borders"
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Iran will not allow anyone to violate its borders, President Hassan Rouhani said in Tehran on Sunday at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the start of the Islamic Republic’s 1980-1988 war with Iraq, APA reports.

The presence of foreign forces in the Gulf creates insecurity for the region and the oil industry, he said in a speech broadcast live on state TV. 

He added that the Islamic Republic extends the hand of friendship to all of its neighbours.

"Iran will present a proposal to the UN on how it intends to cooperate with other countries in the region to ensure the security of the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz",  Rouhani said.

On Friday, the US announced plans to send some forces to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. According to US Defence Secretary Mark Esper, these troops will be defensive in nature. 

Earlier, the US administration ordered new economic sanctions against Iran, targeting the country's central bank and its sovereign wealth fund. The Iranian Foreign Ministry responded by saying that Americans should understand that their sanctions policy has failed. 

Two drones attacked Saudi Aramco oil facilities on 14 September, causing a major fire and partially disrupting oil production. The incident was claimed by Yemen's Houthis, but the US put the blame on Iran. Tehran has denied all the allegations.

Faig Mahmudov

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