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Iranian Speaker: Trump's Immigration Ban Indicates US Weakness

TEHRAN,Jan 29, 2017 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani spoke out against US President Donald Trump's immigration policies, stressing that such hasty decisions show Washington's weakness rather than power.

"Such hasty and immature measures show their fear and weakness rather than their power," Larijani said, addressing an open session of the parliament in Tehran on Sunday.

He said Trump's new immigration and travel ban policies show that the US is not serious about fighting terrorism as he knows who the real terrorists are but avoids fighting them, he said, "Specially, naming Iran among them (the countries whose nationals are banned from traveling to the US) under the pretext of terrorism measures is more like a joke."

"It is no secret to anyone that Iran has stood against the terrorists alone in the past few years and certain countries joined this movement afterwards," Larijani said, adding that Tehran has fought against the terrorists, specially the ISIL, that the US officials, themselves, have admitted to their creation.

In relevant remarks on Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rapped Trump for pursuing separation policies including the travel ban on tourists from Muslim nations and construction of a wall along America's Southern border with Mexico.

"We honor peace, reconciliation, brotherhood and coexistence. Today is not the time for building a wall between nations and they have forgotten that the Berlin wall collapsed several years ago," President Rouhani said, addressing an international tourism conference in Tehran.

He, meantime, stressed Iran's role in establishing stability in the region and its fierce fight against terrorism, and said, "Had Iran not helped the Iraqi and Syrian people and armies, today the terrorists would have ruled Damascus and Baghdad."

President Rouhani described terrorism as a major danger threatening the entire world, and said, "We will help any freedom-seeking and oppressed nation against terrorism in any part of the world with all our power."

Also, the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Saturday issued a statement to condemn Trump Administration's travel ban against citizens of seven Muslim nations, including Iran, and vowed to reciprocate the decision that it described as a great insult to the Iranians.

Trump has endorsed executive orders for the construction of a wall along the border with Mexico and a ban on tourist arrivals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.


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