RNA - "Our nation is a nation of resistance, perseverance, and wants all sides to return to their commitments and to the law," President Rouhani said on Monday, upon arriving in New York to attend the 74th meeting of the UN General Assembly where he is hopeful to be able to convey the Iranian nation's message to the international community.
"We hope in the very sensitive situation of the region today we would be able to convey the message of our regional nations, which is the message of regional peace and end of any interference in the sensitive regions of Persian Gulf and the Middle East," Rouhani said upon arrival in New York on Monday.
He said he is also carrying the "message of the great nation of Iran, which is under the pressure of a cruel economic war."
On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said President Rouhani plans to invite all Arab states of the Persian Gulf, including Saudi Arabia, to join Tehran’s peace initiative, called “Coalition for Hope: Hormuz Peace Endeavor".
In a meeting with reporters, Zarif said, the Iranian president will announce a “Coalition for Hope” and will invite a wide variety of nations — including the Arab states of the Persian Gulf — to join forces on “freedom of navigation and energy security”.
Speaking to reporters on Monday morning before leaving Tehran for New York, President Rouhani underlined that the regional issues should be resolved by the countries of the region, and added that he would raise an initiative at the UNGA to launch a "Coalition for Hope: Hormuz Peace Endeavour".
"We hope that we can declare to the world with this plan that Iran is after long-term peace in the region," the president said.