The UK Prime Minister has suggested that Iran could help in the fight against the Islamic State militant movement.
As the British parliament prepared to vote on Friday on whether to join airstrikes in Iraq, David Cameron spoke at the UN General Assembly.
“Iran should also be given the chance to show it can be part of the solution not part of the problem,” he said.
“Earlier today I met with President Rouhani, We have severe disagreements, but Iran’s leaders could help in defeating the threat from ISIL.”
The Iranian President linked the emergence of ISIL to the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.
“These groups did not exist prior to the attack on Iraq in 2003,” said Hassan Rohani. “And in all probability without such attacks and invasions perhaps they would have never come into creation.”
President Obama called on the UN assembly to collectively reject “the cancer of violent extremism”.
The euronews correspondent in New York, Stefan Grobe, concluded: “Obama did not offer any of the ‘with-us-or-against-us’ rhetoric of George W. Bush. He made it clear, though, that American leadership is needed to create peace and stability in an unsettled world.”