March 26, 2019 / 3:54 PM / 6 months ago

Iran's president urges regional unity after U.S. move on Golan Heights

FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting with tribal leaders in Kerbala, Iraq, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Abdullah Dhiaa Al-Deen/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Iraq’s prime minister on Tuesday that regional countries must unite to fight against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel.

“The excessive demands of the Zionist regime and the wrong decisions of Washington necessitate closer cooperation among regional countries,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by the state broadcaster IRIB in a phone call with Iraq’s Adel Abdul Mahdi.

Rouhani said developments in the Golan Heights were “very dangerous for regional security”.

Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Gareth Jones

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