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Tillerson Calls on Rouhani to End Terror Support

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 12:48 PM

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called upon Iran's president to end all support and financing of terrorist groups now that he has won re-election.

Speaking Saturday in Saudi Arabia, Tillerson said President Hassan Rouhani now has the opportunity to end Iran's role in supporting "destabilizing forces that exist in this region."

He also expressed his hope that Iran puts an end to its ballistic missile testing and "restores the rights of Iranians to freedom of speech, to freedom of organization so Iranians can live the life they deserve."

He would not comment on his expectation for the outcome of Friday's election in Iran, only saying that "if Rouhani wanted to change Iran's relationship with the rest of the world those are the things he could do."

Tillerson was speaking at a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that he will likely speak to his Iranian counterpart "at the right time."

Speaking in Riyadh at a joint briefing with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir Saturday, Tillerson said he has no plans to talk to Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

Tillerson and al-Jubeir criticized Iran for its support of foreign fighters in countries like Yemen, Iraq and Syria, and its nuclear ambitions.

Asked if he would call or meet with Zarif, Tillerson said, he would "not shut out anyone who wants to talk" or have a productive conversation.

He added, "in all likelihood, we will talk at the right time."

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