Rouhani urges Europe to do more for refugees

Without the slightest tinge of irony, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has praised European Union countries helping the refugees streaming into the 28-nation bloc and urged others to step up their efforts.

The remarks, published on Rouhani’s website today, come during a meeting with the new Hungarian ambassador in Tehran and were seen as indirect criticism of Budapest’s handling of the situation.

“We are happy that some European countries made positive efforts to help refugees and we hope other European countries that do not have this position compensate on shortcomings.”

Iran is a major patron of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose forces have been responsible for much of the violence that has driven more than 4 million Syrians to flee the country.

— AP with attitude by Times of Israel


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