January 29th, 2014
07:05 PM ET

Rouhani: Coming months in Iran will be 'comparatively better'

Watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

Fareed speaks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani about the future of Green Movement leaders.

There are leaders in Iran who had a great deal of popular support from the people of Iran who now sit under house arrest.  I'm thinking of the leaders of the so-called Green Movement, which include a former prime minister, a former president of Iran. Can they not be released from house arrest?

Well, nobody will remain in prison forever.  And nobody stays under house arrest indefinitely.  I believe that the conditions which prevail inside Iran calls for peace, calls for reconciliation, more convergence, less divergence.

My feeling tells me that the conditions in the coming months inside Iran will be comparatively better than what used to exist in the past. With this, I share the hope that the day will come wherein peace, brotherhood, peaceful coexistence will be much more tangible inside Iran in comparison to years past.  And I have every confidence that that day will come.

Read more about Fareed’s one-on-one interview with Rouhani from Davos

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Fernando Ortiz Jr.

    Reblogged this on stillness of heart and commented:
    Fascinating interview.

    January 29, 2014 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    Let's hope that Rouhani's optimism will prevail. The Iranian people deserve a better life than the one they have. It's up to the leadership to get its act together and the hawks in the West to show mercy.

    January 30, 2014 at 7:54 am | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Well posted, j. von hettlingen. Thank you.

      January 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  3. Mints

    We let Pakistan have nuclear capabilities and they were harboring Osama. It's time to stop trying to control Iran. I believe they are capable of a peaceful nuclear program

    January 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  4. I n I

    Good to here.

    February 1, 2014 at 12:28 am | Reply
  5. LTC Edward McDonald(ret)

    I do not believe Robin Wright is intellectually honest on Iran since she has to travel there. The Mafia like outlaw Islamic regime is hated by all the middle classes as an Arabic cultural imposition. Persian Nationalism can be used to defeat the current criminal regime. During the green revolution demonstrations people were yelling "Allah o Akbar" from the roofs against the Government because they knew they would not be arrested. American journalists are always wrong!

    February 23, 2014 at 10:48 am | Reply
    • LTC Edward McDonald(ret)

      EY IRAN , EY MARZ E POR GOHAR , EY KHAKT SARCHESN YE HONAR , DUR AZ TO ANDISE YE BADEN, PAYANDE TO JAVEDAN, EY DOSNAN AR TO SANG-e KHAREI MAN AHANEM......THE ENEMY ARE THE CRIMINALS WHO ARE LEADING THiS ILLEGAL GOVERNMENT THAT IS NOT SUPPORTED BY THE PEOPLE. LONG LIVE FREE PERSIA!

      February 23, 2014 at 2:39 pm | Reply

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