Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said on Saturday in Saudi Arabia that is the focal point of the President Trump’s visit to the Gulf nation to the containment of the threat of neighboring Iran, while the bulk of the load on the recently re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
“Rouhani has a new term,” Tillerson said at a press conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh. “And he was able to animals this term to demo a network of terrorism. … That is what we hope he does.”
Tillerson, known in Saudi Arabia for his visits as ExxonMobil’s chief executive, said that the United States is also testing the hopes of Rouhani, a ballistic missile, and provides freedom of speech in his country.
Trump has been critical of led Iran and 2015, the international business of President Barack Obama, the billions of dollars worth of economic sanctions should be lifted, the curb in exchange for Iran, its nuclear weapons program.
Tillerson also said on Saturday, the kickoff day of Trump’s first trip abroad as President, that he speak, perhaps, eventually, Rouhani but has no immediate plans.
“I never turn on the phone to someone who wants a productive conversation,” he said.
To discuss the other concerns of Tillerson at the end of the terrorist threat in the region by the Islamic state group and search for a solution to the years-long civil war in the neighboring country of Yemen, where Saudi Arabia supports the government, and Iran, the rebels of the Houthi back group.
“We have said, is a lot of work ahead of us, in this regard,” Tillerson.
Tillerson spoke alongside Saudi Arabian foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir.
Al-Jubeir borrowed Trump’s phrase, when he said, stronger US ties will allow us to drain the region “of the marshes, from the extremism and terrorism.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.