What Iran’s Rouhani Doesn’t Want to Talk About

His UN speech focused on Iran’s commitment to the nuclear deal, not to human rights.

By Eli Lake, Bloomberg
September 27, 2018

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in New York this week trying to rescue the Iran nuclear deal that the U.S. abandoned last spring. In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Rouhani contrasted himself with U.S. President Donald Trump: Iran, he said, abides by its commitments.

Yahya Basha, a Syrian-American medical doctor, would also like the world to focus more on Iran’s other malign behavior. In an open letter to Rouhani this week, his organization, Americans for a Free Syria, said that Iran’s policies in Syria were responsible for transforming “that which started as a simple protest into a bloody, radicalized and regional war.” He pleaded with Iran’s president to “listen to your people: stop your military intervention on behalf of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.”

Read the full op-ed: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-09-27/iran-s-rouhani-doesn-t-want-to-talk-about-political-prisoners

Read the AFS letter to Rouhani: http://freesyria.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Letter-to-Rouhani.pdf

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