Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said on Wednesday, December 16, the nation of Iran is “very happy” about the imminent departure of the incumbent American president Donald Trump, who led a campaign of “maximum pressure” against the Islamic state.
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President who was defeated at the November polls by the Democrat U.S President-elect Joe Biden has signalled a willingness to return to diplomacy with the Iranian nation after four years of a tensive relationship under the Trump administration.
“Some say you are overexcited by the advent of Mr. Biden. No, we are not, but we are very happy to see Trump leave,” he said in televised comments at a cabinet meeting.
“Thank God, these are his final days,” Rouhani added, calling Trump a “tyrant”, “the most unruly, lawless president” and a “terrorist and murderer.”
The electoral college confirmed Biden as the next US president on Monday even as the incumbent continues to refuse to accept defeat.
The formal handover of power will take place on January 20 when Biden is sworn in.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington soared during Trump’s presidency as his administration sought to bring Israel and the Gulf Arab states closer together with a hard line against Iran.
Since Biden’s victory, President Hassan Rouhani’s government has repeatedly signalled its openness to the incoming US administration, although Iran’s supreme leader has cautioned against hopes of an opening with the West.
President Hassan Rouhani said the outcome of the US election showed the American people’s desire for a “law-abiding” president and called on the Biden administration to live up to the expectation.
“If it wants to be on the correct path, it’s there, and if it wants the wrong one, it’s also there,” he said.
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