Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that the chaos caused by supporters of US counterpart Donald Trump in the US Capitol exposed the fragility of Western democracy.
“What we saw yesterday (Wednesday) evening and today in the United States shows above all how fragile and vulnerable Western democracy is,” said Rouhani in a speech on state television.
“We have seen that, unfortunately, despite advances in science and industry, the soil is fertile for populism.”
“A populist has arrived and has led his country into disaster for the past four years.
“I hope the whole world and the next few residents of the White House will learn from this.”
Rouhani said he hoped the new administration of US President-elect Joe Biden would change direction.
He urged the new administration to “make amends (for the past) and restore a position worthy of the American nation because the American nation is a great nation.”
“May you return to reason, legality and your obligations. It is for your own good and the good of the world,” he said.
Despite routine references to the United States as the “great Satan” in official rhetoric, it is not the first time an Iranian president has referred to America as a “great nation.”
Rouhani, a relatively moderate representative of Iranian politics, led negotiations on a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, which Trump abandoned in 2018.
He has put his call on a diplomatic opening for the new Biden administration to try to save the deal.
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