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NEW Jun 28 2017
“We believe that if there is a conflict between regional countries, pressure, threats or sanctions are not the right way to resolve differences. The siege of Qatar is unacceptable to us... The airspace, land and sea of our country will always be open to Qatar as a brotherly and neighbouring country.” said Hassan Rouhani speaking about Iran. It’s one of the 806 quotes about Iran you can find on this page. 445 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Rex W. Tillerson, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Benjamin Netanyahu. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Hassan Rouhani

We believe that if there is a conflict between regional countries, pressure, threats or sanctions are not the right way to resolve differences. The siege of Qatar is unacceptable to us... The airspace, land and sea of our country will always be open to Qatar as a brotherly and neighbouring

Ben Cardin

I share Senator Corker's concern that the current G.C.C. dispute distracts from our shared, most pressing security challenges – defeating ISIS and pushing back on

Mike Pompeo

Today, we find it with enormous influence, influence that far outstrips where it was six or seven years ago. Whether it's the influence they have over the government in Baghdad, whether it's the increasing strength of Hezbollah and Lebanon, their work alongside the Houthis in Iran, the Iraqi Shias that are fighting along now the border in Syria -- certainly the Shia forces that are engaged in Syria. Iran is everywhere throughout the Middle

Anwar Gargash

This "clearly reflects the depth of the crisis as a result of the damage caused by (Qatar's) policies. There is a price for the years of plotting and there is a price to return to the neighbourhood. The leak (of demands) seeks to derail

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

The Israeli enemy must know that if an Israeli war is launched against Syria or Lebanon, it is not known that the fighting will remain Lebanese-Israeli, or Syrian-Israeli. This doesn't mean there are states that might intervene directly. But this could open the way for thousands, even hundreds of thousands of fighters from all over the Arab and Islamic world to participate - from Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan and

Abdullah al-Muhanadi

There's a lot on the list that is simply not true or unreasonable, so how can we comply? There are no IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) elements in Qatar and the agreement with Turkey is a long-standing diplomatic agreement so we cannot ask them to

Abolhassan Banisadr

Presidency is to be connected to the people. By nature, they won't get

Olivier Jakob - Petromatrix

The demands are so aggressive that it makes it close to impossible to currently see a resolution of that

Ali Akbar Salehi

I helped negotiate the 2015 nuclear deal. Its success depends on constructive engagement, not the destabilising policies currently being pursued. Working to negotiate agreements with the west has been a mixed experience for Iran. Often, following some hard-won engagement, some western nations, whether distracted by shortsighted political motivations or the lucrative inducements of other regional actors, walk away and allow the whole situation to return to the status quo

Paul Ryan

So we want to get this bill cleaned up. We need Foreign Affairs to do their scrub of this legislation, which is what we do every time a bill comes over from the Senate. But Chairman Royce has indicated he wants to get moving on this quickly, and we want to honor

Rex W. Tillerson

We would ask for the flexibility to turn the heat up when we need to, but also to ensure that we have the ability to maintain a constructive

Barack Obama

This is why the president has tried to foster good relations with

Simon Henderson

MbS's appointment as crown prince should confirm the improved working relationship with Washington after the strains experienced during the Obama administration, chiefly over Iran and the nuclear deal. Future ties will not necessarily be

Bruce Riedel - The Brookings Institution

Turkey has come to Qatar's support and Iran is posturing as Qatar's ally, while Pakistan and Oman are again neutral. The king has complete authority and control. His choice of his favorite son is likely to provoke quiet muttering and complaining in the family and the clerical establishment, but not a challenge. The longer-term costs of upsetting the legitimacy of the line of succession in the midst of low oil prices and regional tensions are much more worrisome. The young prince is poised to inherit a kingdom under stress at home and

Farhad Alavi

The civilian aircraft industry is one of a shrinking number of major manufacturing sectors where we maintain a very clear competitive advantage. A hard line saying 'no' to such major aircraft deals at a time when demand has dwindled elsewhere does not inspire confidence in this president being committed to quality American jobs, particularly in the manufacturing

Robert Malley

His view is that Saudi Arabia absorbed those blows and now there's no reason to absorb them

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

What didn't help were those conflicting comments from OPEC ... and Iran. They need to be singing from the same hymn sheet if we are to believe that there's positivity to be taken from these cuts while the U.S. continues to produce more and the rig-count goes up. As we saw yesterday, even a drawdown in stockpiles offered absolutely no help because it just added to the murky

Luke Coffey

Iran has very limited ability or options to retaliate against U.S. forces in the region without suffering an overwhelming U.S. response. I think Tehran knows this so they will stick to low-level tactics like harassing U.S. ships in the Gulf. This will be just enough to be annoying but not enough to be considered '

Robert Malley

If we were to witness an incident at sea between an Iranian and a U.S. vessel in the Gulf, at a time of immense distrust and zero communication, how likely is it that the confrontation would be defused rather than exacerbated? If there's a more bellicose attitude towards Iran, Iran is likely to

Helima Croft - BC Capital

The key question is what comes next in this quest to counter Iranian influence? Is the Qatar blockade simply the opening act in a broader anti-Iranian offensive? Having President Trump in the White House probably means that MBS will encounter minimal push-back from Washington and a far freer hand to police his

Helima Croft - BC Capital

We contend the region could witness more near-term volatility and heightened risk of military confrontation. The political risk premium may therefore be set to stage a comeback. This is a big generational shift in Saudi Arabia. I used to talk about 70 being young for a Crown Prince in Saudi Arabia. To have 31-year old Crown Prince is a decisive break with past practice. To move aside Mohammed bin Nayef, the counter terrorism czar, the figure of the establishment, this is ground breaking for Saudi Arabia. The question is can Mohammed bin Salman deliver on his big reform plans?feedback

Helima Croft - BC Capital

The rise of MBS will also likely mean even more hawkish foreign policy moves from Saudi Arabia and more intensified efforts to confront

Khaled Batarfi

The current situation requires a lot of effort and quick decision-making and courage. The past generation may not be as quick rhythmically or have the speed that's needed to carry out a transformation. The country needs new blood and a new generation because the changes needed are

Helima Croft - BC Capital

They have some time to deal with this downtrend in prices as long as they can get prices on a better path in 2018 so I think they can sit tight, let the cuts play out, let the inventories draw down and I don't think they're worried about the next couple of weeks. I think they're playing for

Amrita Sen

Even if foreign policy were to remain aggressive, we don't see any change in oil policy yet. If anything, with the initial public offering (IPO) the center stage, the Kingdom needs higher

Helima Croft - BC Capital

The rise of MbS (Mohammed bin Salman) will likely mean even more hawkish foreign policy moves from Saudi Arabia and more intensified efforts to confront Iran. Under MbS's watch the kingdom has launched a costly war in Yemen and spearheaded a surprise blockade of fellow GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) member Qatar. The key question is what comes next in this quest to counter Iranian influence? Is the Qatar blockade simply the opening act?feedback

AshLee Strong

The Senate bill cannot be considered in the House its current form. The speaker has been a strong proponent of sanctions and believes we need to do more to hold Iran and Russia accountable. We will determine the next course of action after speaking with our Senate

Eliot Engel

This is nothing but a delay tactic and the public shouldn't be fooled by complex-sounding parliamentary procedure. If Republican leadership says we can't act on the Senate bill, here's an easy solution: Let's introduce an identical House version and we can vote on that instead. I predict this isn't the last excuse we'll hear for trying to slow this bill's momentum, but make no mistake, anything short of an up-or-down vote on this tough sanctions package is an attempt to let Russia off the

Josh Rogin

The administration wants to deter foreign governments from holding Americans, but for those already in custody time is running

Ahmad al-Masalmeh

The situation is back as it was in Daraa city and fighting is on-going. The regime made the truce and then violated

Ramazan Sharif

We are not the initiator of any conflict and war but we do not tolerate creation of insecurity in our

Charles Lister

There isn't an over-arching U.S. strategy driving this. This is just the result of tactical decisions by a commander on the ground whose only focus is a specific theatre in Syria. He is acting to protect his assets ... This is purely a series of tactical decisions that are creating a series of very serious strategic

Jennifer Cafarella

The absence of a civilian-led U.S. strategy in Syria and the narrow U.S. military focus on ISIS will continue to provide an open invite for the pro-Assad regime coalition to extend and

Majid Aqababai

Saudi Arabia fired on two fishing boats, leading to the death of one of the

Majid Aqababai

The people who came face to face with the powers of (Saudi Arabia) were simple fishermen who had fishermen

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran's missile capability protects its citizens in lawful self-defense and advances common global fight to eradicate ISIS and extremist

Yezid Sayigh

The (Syrian) regime is always testing and pushing the boundaries. I don't think the Americans are testing the red lines. They are saying 'we have a red line here and if you are going to test it we will respond, but it doesn't mean we are now shifting strategy' because they also want to reassure the

Amir Ali Hajizadeh

I hope that the clear message of this attack will be understood by the terrorists as well as their regional and international

Talal Silo

If the regime continues attacking our positions in Raqqa province, we will be forced to

Abdul Manan Niazi

The reason they targeted us with a car bomber is the Taliban are afraid of us, because we are enhancing our influence in Helmand and the people realize now the Taliban are getting financial support from Iran and Russia. They have lost touch with the grass

Ramazan Sharif

The Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message. Obviously and clearly, some reactionary countries of the region, especially Saudi Arabia, had announced that they are trying to bring insecurity into

Mohsen Rezaee

This is the beginning of taking revenge from Daesh [Isis]. A bigger slap in the face is yet to come. The supporters of terrorists should take heed of Iran's message of

Ayatollah Khamenei

If the defenders of the holy shrine were not there, the enemy would have brought the battle to our streets by now. Don't take all the huff and puff of the new comer in the US seriously. The US has always wanted to overthrow the Islamic establishment of Iran. And they have always

Sunny Nafisi

I taught Zumba for years here. But instead of calling it Zumba, I called it 'exercise to music' so no one would

Rick Crawford

Further U.S. disengagement opens up opportunities for countries like Iran, Russia, North Korea and China to gain influence on an island 90 miles off our

Sunny Nafisi

I have 40 students – they want to work out. I'll just rename the

Sunny Nafisi

I told them what about Iran playing soccer with the U.S. team? But they never answered

Sunny Nafisi

It is as if they have legalized alcohol – everyone is talking about it. Of course not. Zumba will not be

Sepideh Heydari

Suddenly someone comes and says this or that is not allowed. I like it because it's fun. I become happy, and my spirit is uplifted when I dance. That is probably exactly why they disapprove of

Ali Majd Ara

Considering that activities such as Zumba, performance of rhythmic movements and dancing in any form and under any title lacks legal credibility, I request that you issue an order to ban such

Ali Akbar Velayati

The U.S. Senate's move is unquestionably in breach of both the spirit and the letter of the nuclear deal. The Iranian committee tasked with monitoring the accord will certainly examine the congressional move and come up with a decent response. America is trying to cover up the repeated defeats it has suffered from Iran in Iraq and

Mark W. Warner

You add up, without firing a shot or shooting a missile, the amount of disruption the Russians have caused in Western societies at large -- all that for less than 5 percent of the cost of a new aircraft carrier. Pretty good rate of

Andrew Bishop - Eurasia Group

This goes at the heart of one of they key tensions within U.S. policy, especially within the Trump administration's policies, which is that the Trump administration would like to ideally push back against ISIS and Iran simultaneously. But they quickly realized they may have to prioritize one against the

Faysal Itani

Think of Iran as the ground force responsible for Assad's survival. I think both are essential to the war effort, but that Iran is the party more deeply invested and with far more influence on the ground, including over

Faysal Itani

We don't have a choice but to oppose Iran and try to accommodate Russia. It's the only conceivable way of bringing an end to the war on terms the United States can accept, i.e., without turning over the entire country to Iran. If we are indeed able to divide Russia from Iran, we stand a much better chance of forcing an outcome in Syria that serves our

Bob Corker

With overwhelming Senate passage of the Russia sanctions amendment, the U.S. sends a strong signal to President Putin while ensuring the Trump administration has the flexibility it needs. The Russian government continues to violate the sovereignty of Ukraine, aggravate the crisis in Syria, and destabilize democracies around the world. This amendment makes clear that we will not continue to tolerate such actions, and I am glad we are one step closer to passage of our legislation to hold Iran

Suleyman Sensoy

Obviously Qatar is being punished by certain countries, I think the mounting anger from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the United States toward Qatar's policies has triggered this crisis . Turkey will continue to rely on bilateral or multilateral diplomacy in an attempt to get the situation back to

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

The Arab states have been abusing the Palestinian cause since the creation of Israel in 1948. This is a fixed

Daoud Shihab

The issues in this relationship go back a long time, and they've been hard to

Majid Kamasaee

This case is not just about me, it is about every person who has been trapped on Manus Island. I left my home in Iran in 2013 because of religious persecution and I came to Australia seeking peace. But I was sent to Manus, which was hell. The way we were treated at the Manus Island detention centre was degrading and

Yasser Maleki

We are now ordered to shoot first and ask questions later. In that sense, the attack has made us even

Yasser Maleki

What an idiot, right? Right in the neck – what a crack

Lindsey Graham

If you don't think containing Iran and keeping them from toppling Yemen, Iraq, Syria, [and] Lebanon is not in our national interest, you're making a huge

Joshua Geltzer

There were folks working hard on this stuff, and there were some accomplishments that had an impact, but there was no steady stream of jaw-dropping stuff coming forward as some expected. There was no sort of shining

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We're taking a regional approach to this. We're looking at everything from the situation between India and Pakistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Obviously, Iran and that whole South Asia area. We are going to have to recognize that problems that come out of ungoverned spaces like that as we experienced on 9/11…do not stay there. They can come home to roost

Ayatollah Khamenei

You [the United States] and your agents are the source of instability in the Middle East... Who created Islamic State? America ... America's claim of fighting against Islamic State is a lie. America is a terrorist country and backs terrorism... therefore, we cannot normalize ties with such a

Federica Mogherini - European Union

I am confident that the review in the United States will bring to wise decisions, which means keeping something that is working. In any case the European Union will guarantee that the deal keeps, that we stick to that ... and that our policy of engagement with Iran

Nicholas J. Rasmussen

The global reach of ISIS right now is largely intact. The group also continues to publish thousands of pieces of official propaganda and to use online apps to organize its supporters and inspire

Jeffrey Harrigian

We're able to either blind them so they can't see or make sure they can't hear us. There are things we are doing both with space and cyber that are being effectively synchronized to achieve important effects even in Mosul and

Junaid Ahmad

The Qatar-Saudi feud seems to have come out of thin air. But the reality is that this has been going on for quite a while. All this hyperbolic language we have seen in the last week from Saudi and its allies – how Qatar supports the Houthis in Yemen or the Shia opposition in Bahrain - is about Qatar being neutral. And neutral cannot be tolerated, especially where it comes to

Haider al-Abadi

Not one dollar, or euro (...) was spent; they are still in their crates, supervised by a committee, and two representatives of the Qatari government came to check when they were deposited under the trusteeship of the central

Shahrokh Noushabadi - Iran Air

So far five planes carrying perishable food items such as fruit and vegetables have been sent to Qatar, each carrying around 90 tonnes of cargo, while another plane will be sent today(Sunday).feedback

Donald J. Trump

Stop funding (terrorism). Stop teaching hate. Stop the killing. So we had a decision to make: Do we take the easy road or do we finally take a hard but necessary action? We have to stop the funding of terrorism... the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding they have to end that funding and its extremist ideology in terms of funding. I want to call on all of the nations to stop immediately supporting terrorism, stop teaching people to kill other people, stop filling their minds with hate and intolerance... we will solve that problem. Have no

Jalal Jalalizadeh

They were peaceful. As long as the Salafi groups are not taking arms, they must be

Jalal Jalalizadeh

The Salafi groups have been very active in mosques and public places in Iranian Kurdistan, and even they have been socializing with families and the

Hiwa Aminnejad

Unlike other countries where Kurds live, in Iran, we are part of the social fabric, share a common history and our languages are very close to each other. There is no apartheid for Kurds, like in Turkey, for

Mahmoud Alavi

Terrorists do not wear a special uniform. They are like other people, like other youths. They are not easy to recognize. Sometimes, finding a terrorist in the 14 million population of Tehran is like finding a needle – not in a haystack, but in 10

Mahmoud Alavi

The main planner and commander of the Parliament and Imam Khomeini shrine attacks was, thank God, killed

Simon Tisdall - The Guardian

The attack on Khomeini's tomb is the equivalent of somebody trying to blow up the Lincoln Memorial in Washington,

Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani

Qatar is accused of having a hidden relationship with Iran, but its relations with Iran are clear, transparent and

Thomas Cochran

They didn't want to do it with the Russians and didn't want to do it while they were negotiating the Iran deal. It would provide energy and jobs and so forth for countries like Egypt and others in the region, so that these young men have got something more useful to do than go out and shoot each

Robert Malley

Giving Arab allies a blank check in the region to operate is not a good

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Repugnant [White House] statement and Senate sanctions as Iranians counter terror backed by US clients. Iranian people reject such US claims of

Hamed Heidari

We just never thought something like that could happen

Saurabh Kumar

Tenders are re-floated for a variety of reasons including technical specifications not being met, etc. Banking channels, in recent months, have in fact somewhat eased. If some companies do not participate, it really is their

Meena Singh Roy

The Chabahar Project has strategic significance for India. However ... nothing much seems to be moving due to new uncertainties in the

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Terror-sponsoring despots threaten to bring the fight to our homeland. Proxies attack what their masters despise most: the seat of

Rohan Murphy

For me (the Qatari conflict) serves to remind us that the Middle East is not a stable place ... ultimately, there are always going to be these tensions. Everyone is analyzing the supply-side risk and not worrying about the risk of somewhere like Iran and you couple that with Libya output going down instead of up and then you could start seeing the signs in 2018 of the underinvestment of the last couple of

Marc Martinez

The terrorists targeted the Islamic revolution itself and Iran’s vibrant yet imperfect

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

The Secretary-General hopes those responsible for this unjustifiable violence will be swiftly brought to justice. All countries must work together in fighting terrorism while upholding the universal rights and values that bind the global

Sigmar Gabriel

Once again, unscrupulous criminals have claimed the lives of many innocent people. Where terror knows no borders, compassion and humanity should also know no

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Repugnant WH (White House) statement and Senate sanctions as Iranians counter terror backed by US clients. Iranian people reject such US claims of friendship. Terror-sponsoring despots threaten to bring the fight to our

James Comey - FBI

Those were lies, plain and simple. The FBI is honest, the FBI is strong and the FBI is and always will be independent. It was a combination of circumstances public matter and a particular person. When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have

Jeremy Corbyn

The new U.S. president seems determined to add to the dangers by recklessly escalating the confrontation with North Korea, unilaterally launching missile strikes on Syria, opposing President Obama's nuclear arms deal with Iran, and backing a new nuclear arms race. We will not be afraid to speak our mind. Pandering to an erratic Trump administration will not deliver stability. Britain deserves better than simply outsourcing our country's security and prosperity to the whims of the Trump White

Reza Seifollahi

Those individuals who carried out the attacks on Wednesday in Tehran had joined Islamic State from different places inside

Charlie Winter

Iranian officials will be called upon to step up intervention in Iraq (and) Syria big

Donald J. Trump

We know the truth will prevail. Nothing worth doing ever came

Nahid Ghanbari

I am sure Persian Gulf Arab countries are behind this. They have been angry about Iran's power in the region. They look for a way to destabilize our

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Repugnant [White House] statement & Senate sanctions as Iranians counter terror backed by US clients.Iranian people reject such US claims of

Donald J. Trump

We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times. We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote. No discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three– safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of

Mohammad Hossein Nejat

For these two actions to happen... after this meeting means that the U.S. and Saudi regimes had ordered their stooges to do

Nicholas Hopton

My sympathy to all the innocent victims and those affected by the terrible incidents in Tehran

Charlie Winter

Sectarian rhetoric is catnip for the Islamic State. It gives credit to their ideological position that Sunni and Shia Islam are fundamentally

Nelly Lahoud

Now that they are unable to maintain the promise of territory, attacking Iran is to their advantage. It wouldn't surprise me if this were planned for a long

Heather Nauert

The United States condemns the terrorist attacks in Tehran today. We express our condolences to the victims and their families, and send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Iran. The depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized

Anwar Gargash

The Iranian government should not use the attack in a very polarized situation against Saudi Arabia or claim that Saudi Arabia is somehow linked to the attack, because it isn't. It's an attack on civilians that is a crime and that should be condemned by all civilized

Ali Larijani

Iran is an active and effective pillar in the fight against terrorists and they want to damage

Ebrahim Ghanimi

I was passing by one of the streets. I thought that children were playing with fireworks, but I realised people are hiding and lying down on the streets,'. With the help of a taxi driver, I reached a nearby

Dina Esfandiary

It is indeed a boost to ISIS morale, especially given that it's the first successful attack in

Karim Sadjadpour - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

It's in U.S. interests to try and compel Tehran and Riyadh to address their differences and cooperate against ISIS. Acrimony and distrust between Iran and Saudi Arabia only causes more civilian casualties in Syria and Yemen, more refugees pouring into Europe, and more Sunni and Shia radicalism. In lieu of a grand strategy, our Iran policy must be sophisticated and nimble enough to cooperate when possible, counter when necessary, and contain intelligently, until the Islamic republic's internal contradictions force a course

Gerald Feierstein

Everyone in the region is looking over their shoulder, thinking, This is potentially us,' . The bottom line for us is, we have to come out of all this with a consensus on combating terror finance and not blowing the G.C.C. to

Robert Malley

This is an illustration of the competing priorities and contradictions facing this administration, which will prove hard to reconcile. You can't be all-out against Iran, all-out against ISIS and terrorism, and maintain 'America First' – another way of saying keeping a light footprint in the

Maryam Saghari

People started to run away from the area. I was very scared. I don't want to live in

Hamid Aboutalebi

If this attacks had happened in any other city in Europe or in the world, it would have left many casualties. Applause to the power and firmness of our revolutionary guards, Basij, police and security

Ali Larijani

Some cowardly terrorists infiltrated one of the buildings of parliament. They were confronted. It was not a major issue. Our security forces have taken necessary

Leigh Winner

The most dangerous entry to this country was the orange fascist we let into the white house (sic). There are many Americans protesting US govt aggression towards Iran. If our Tangerine in Chief declares war, we stand with you!feedback

Dave Roberts

The key problem was that these comments simply voiced out loud what many have long understood as Qatar's true policy positions. [P]articularly under the leadership of the former Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar sought to carve out a unique niche for itself and its policies, such as augmenting relations with Israel or Iran, and rejecting the wider consensus of the regional group of the monarchies, the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC).feedback

James Dorsey

The Saudis view Iran as the foremost terrorist threat rather than the Islamic State and a lot of non-Arab Muslims countries ... would probably not agree with

Nikki Haley

The United States is looking very carefully at this council and our participation in it. We see some areas for significant strengthening. Being a member of this council is a privilege, and no country who is a human rights violator should be allowed a seat at the table. When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously

John Kerry

If we become super provocative in ways that show the Iranian people there has been no advantage to this, that there is no gain, and our bellicosity is pushing them into a corner, that's dangerous and that could bring a very different

Ahmad Majidyar

Tehran views the heightening tension between Qatar and other regional Arab powers as an opportunity to weaken the Gulf Cooperation Council and the U.S.-Arab alliance created during Trump's last trip to Riyadh to fight terrorism and counter Iran and its proxies in the

Amin Saikal

It can accelerate its relationship with Turkey and Iran, who have already said they are happy to help to compensate for the boycott. That will place the U.S. in a serious dilemma. The U.S. has major military bases in Qatar but at the same time, it wants to maintain close ties with Saudi

John Kerry

My hope is that they would in fact not just be the adults in the room but that they would be listened

Ghanem Nuseibeh - Cornerstone Global Associates

You are talking about huge inflation that is going to hit instantly. The average Qatari will feel this when they go to the supermarket. I think it will be very difficult for them. The cost of building materials is going to go through the roof and it may become

Mevlut Cavusoglu

We are saddened by the existing picture. We will provide every kind of support for the situation to be

Virendra Chauhan

There is not much geopolitical risk premium priced into oil right now, (but) if tensions do ratchet higher between the key members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq, then the market will start paying attention to

Mohamed Hasehm

Cutting relations is a must because Qatar, Turkey and Iran support the terrorism that we face. It is a given. Relations must be

Kristian Ulrichsen

It seems that the Saudis and Emiratis feel emboldened by the alignment of their regional interests – toward Iran and Islamism – with the Trump administration. (They) have decided to deal with Qatar's alternative approach on the assumption that they will have the (Trump) administration's

Nikki Haley

The council must end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism. When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong. Next week, I will travel to Geneva to address the Human Rights Council about the United States' concerns. I will outline changes that must be

Ely Ratner

By the time China became a more prominent diplomatic player in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the countries who most desired it were a pretty unsavory bunch: Venezuela, Iran, Burma, Zimbabwe,

Karim Sadjadpour - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Iran's regional strategy has been consistent for four decades, regardless of who is president of the country. Opposition to the U.S. and Israel hasn't changed, and opposition to Saudi Arabia has

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Rouhani will continue to solicit the return of foreign businesses ... to Iran without providing them with a much-needed change in behaviour to boost their

Andreas Schweitzer

Large international banks won't (get involved) because of the U.S. exposure, the size of the past penalties and their ongoing U.S. business and

Meir Javdanfar

Rouhani's re-election will put the IRGC on a bigger collision path with him. His voters wanted moderation, while the IRGC wants to expand its reach abroad and to become more confrontational with the

Meir Javdanfar

Domestic political instability will impact foreign investors ... It will deter the investors from returning to

Donald J. Trump

One by one we are keeping the promises I made to the American people during my campaign for

Richard Berman

These potential conflicts have been thoroughly reviewed by Mr.

Michael Mukasey

Senior officials in both the U.S. government and the Turkish government remain receptive to pursuing the possibility of an

Reza Zarrab

I understand that the Greenberg firm represents the government of the Turkish Republic. In theory, the interests of the government of the Turkish Republic and my interests could be different in connection with this

Cliff Kupchan - Eurasia Group

If they're going to sustain robust growth, they need to spend on productivity-enhancing investments and creating

Omar Abdulrahman

We qualified thanks to the efforts of everyone and made six goals. To end the season by reaching the quarter-finals of the strongest tournament on the continent is positive but it is not consistent with the ambitions of the

Omar Abdulrahman

We used to get to this point in several seasons ago and the real achievement for The Eye is to strengthen the balance of local and continental

John Kilduff - Again Capital

The game of chicken between them and the market is back on again. The meeting was much more of a failure than people realize because of what wasn't achieved. There are no caps on production for Libya, or Nigeria, or

António Guterres - United Nations

We are doing our best in dialogue with the administration and Congress to make the U.S. understand that funding development aid, funding foreign policy in general, funding organizations like the U.N., is also in the interests of the American people. It's not only the Russias and the Chinas that are occupying the ground; if you look at Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, the regional powers in many parts of the world - when the big powers leave some space they will occupy

Ryan Dillon

The coalition has observed pro-regime forces patrolling in the vicinity of the established de-confliction zone around the Tanf training site in Syria ... Pro-regime patrols and the continued armed and hostile presence of forces inside the ... zone is unacceptable and threatening to coalition

Maria Fantappie - The International Crisis Group

The Iranians have been prioritizing something that the U.S. has overlooked: control over strategic roads, rather than control of the Sunni communities. They have been trying to bisect Iraq and prevent a unified Sunni block from

Ahmed al-Asadi

This will be the first step to the liberation of the entire

Emmanuel Macron

We were very shocked, because ... we know how this can hurt the people of your country, but more generally for Europe. Because they attack our young, and very young people. I said at the G-7 table that I don't regard it as a collective victory that on Syria ... not one of us was capable of being around the table. You have Russia, Iran and Turkey. That is a defeat. So we must talk to Russia to change the framework for getting out of the military crisis in Syria and to build a much more collective and integrated inclusive political

Mohammad Rasoulof

I love Iran, but it's like an alcoholic father, sometimes it hits me. International support has really helped all filmmakers and especially me, by stopping the pressure they were putting on

Rex W. Tillerson

In terms of whether I'd ever pick the phone up, I've never shut off the phone to anyone that wants to talk or have a productive

Ayatollah Khamenei

These fools think by spending money they can win the friendship of the enemies of Islam. They are like dairy cows. They will be milked, and when they are out of milk, they will be

Hassan Rouhani

We are waiting for the new U.S. government to achieve stability in terms of taking a stance, agenda and mentality. We will have a more accurate view regarding Washington. We had a win-win outcome there, one which I believe was to the benefit of Iran, all P5+1 member states and the world. It will be difficult, but

Hassan Rouhani

They took part in the negotiations; and at the table, they respectfully spoke to the representatives of the Iranian

Hassan Rouhani

The countries of the region need more cooperation and consultations to resolve the crisis in the region and we are ready to cooperate in this field. In this direction we are ready for talks aimed at reaching a real

Ahmed Taha Alwan

We are very happy with this project. There is big hope that this project will benefit the province in two important ways, security and

Haider al-Abadi

This is an investment. It's about rehabilitating the road. Neither the central government nor the local government will pay anything. We will get profits

Hassan Rouhani

Iran does not need the permission of the United States to conduct missile

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

I advise Saudi to set aside struggle, hatred and war. Your only solution for the sake of all Muslims, the whole region ... is dialogue with Iran and to negotiate with Iran. This path you are taking will only lead to spending billions more dollars and spilling more blood and you will be the ones who lose. You will

Hassan Rouhani

The people say no to the downfall of the supreme leader, Guard, Basij and armed forces, because they belong to the entire Iranian

Bijan Namdar Zanganeh

If sanctions were still in place we would not have been able to sign such a

Steven Mnuchin

We will use everything within our power to put additional sanctions on Iran, Syria, and North Korea to protect American lives. I can assure you that's a big focus of mine and I discuss it with the

Tim Kaine

These people – that's a tough, tough phrase. We've got no beef with Iranian

Ben Cardin

This bill is surgical. Just because they entered into a nuclear agreement, we're not going to permit them to continue to support

Bob Corker

Unless he can come in and demonstrably show us – and I don't think he will be able to, based on the intelligence I've read – we are going to move ahead with a Russia sanctions bill during this next work

Ben Cardin

We have seen a change in Russia behavior. It's all been

Marco Rubio

This is not a sanctions bill, though many of us wish it were. This is a defensive

Shahabedin Yasemi

It's a kind of conditional lifting of sanctions. If borders were open, foreign investors would dare to come and start something

John Kerry

On the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), we engaged in an important back and forth. And I welcomed that debate. After Rouhani's reelection, there is much up in the air/room for misinterpretation. This is not the moment for a new Iran

Karim Sadjadpour - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

There is no evidence to suggest that the Islamic Republic would have fallen within six

Bijan Namdar Zanganeh

We think, based on the consultations we have had and the reports we have received, it's a unanimous idea to continue the cut we decided in December. It's important for OPEC and non-OPEC participants in the agreement to comply fully. It's very important. Now we have had very good compliance. We need to comply with this decision for any period of

Benjamin Netanyahu

The majority of the people of Israel, unlike the media, they love us so we tell them how you are great and they love

Saif Bin Ahmed Al Thani

The statement published has no basis whatsoever and the competent authorities in the state of Qatar will hold all those (who) committed (this)

Patrick Clawson

I don't know what 'totally failed' means in terms of an

Martha Crenshaw

There are a whole lot of difficulties with that kind of alliance formation. It's a dangerous direction to take because it cements the divide between Iran and the Arab

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