Iran

Iran just held an election. So why is the theocratic monarchy Saudi Arabia our friend?

Iran just held an election. So why is the theocratic monarchy Saudi Arabia our friend?

To the editor: Iranians easily reelected Hassan Rouhani as president. Three-fourths of eligible voters cast their ballots, a better turnout than in our own election. (“Leaving his troubles at home, Trump gets a royal welcome in Saudi Arabia,” May 20)

We refer to Iran as our enemy, and yet Rouhani is considered a moderate, and in last year’s parliamentary elections, moderates and reformers had their strongest showing ever in Iran.

This weekend, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia, where no national elections are held. That country is governed by a royal family....

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