BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – US President Donald Trump announced from the White House on Monday that he is ready to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, following his decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal. The US leader spoke during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Trump underlined that both Washington and Rome agree that Iran must “never be allowed” to possess nuclear weapons.
At the same time, the US president said that he is ready to meet with Iran “any time they want to.”
He noted that a meeting with Rouhani would be “good for the country, good for them, good for us, and good for the world.”
Turning to the subject of migration, Trump said that both Italy and the US are determined to focus on “the urgent need to protect our nations from terrorism and uncontrolled migration.” In order to do that, he said that they will boost joint security efforts in the Mediterranean and North Africa.
“We are united in our conviction that strong nations must have strong borders,” he said.
The US leader expressed his hope that international leaders, “including leaders in Europe,” will take an example from Conte and will fight against illegal migration.
During the press event, Trump later reiterated his threat to shut down the government if he does not receive funding for border security from Congress.
Conte on his part backed Trump’s stance on NATO expenditure sharing and also stressed the importance of negotiations with Russia. “We do believe that Russia plays a fundamental role in all international geopolitical crises”, he said.