Leader Cantor Statement On Call Between President Obama & President Rouhani
September 27, 2013
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement on President Obama’s call with Iranian President Rouhani:

“I am concerned that President Obama did not press Iranian President Rouhani to halt Iran’s ongoing support for radical Islamic terrorism, its repeated violations of U.N. and IAEA resolutions, and its support of Bashar Assad’s war against the Syrian people. These topics were not publicly addressed by the President today, but require his urgent attention. Iran's government remains — in spite of President Rouhani's rhetoric — a brutal, repressive theocracy.

“It is particularly unfortunate that President Obama would recognize the Iranian people's right to nuclear energy but not stand up for their right to freedom, human rights, or democracy. The President suggests there is ‘new leadership’ in Iran, yet Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei remains the true ruler in Tehran, and we are only fooling ourselves when we suggest otherwise.”