Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi ruled out claims that other states are reluctant to resume relations with Tehran due to Washington’s sanctions, and further underlined that Tehran won’t wait for foreigners’ frown or smile in defining the lines of its foreign policy.
Addressing a gathering of Iranian Foreign Ministry officials and envoys in Tehran on Wednesday, Iran’s president urged the foreign ministry and heads of the country’s diplomatic missions abroad to double their efforts to promote ties with neighbors, regional states and Muslim countries in addition to international organizations and entities.
Rayeesi stated that his administration’s policy was “interactions with all countries based on justice and balance”, noting that ambassadors should represent the true image of the Islamic Republic on the global stage.
“In the past, some believed that the fate of the countries in the world was determined by a handful of countries and we should thus coordinate our foreign policy lines with them, but we believe, on the contrary, that we should cooperate with each country according to its capacities and the necessities,” he added.
“In defining lines in our foreign policy, we are not waiting for anyone’s frown or smile,” the president underscored.
Rayeesi rejected claims that other countries are reluctant to cooperate with Iran because the country is under sanctions, stressing that this theory is completely wrong.
He stressed that Iran’s policy is to cooperate with all countries that interact with the Islamic Republic out of good faith, but if a country is hostile to Iran, Tehran will resort to resistance.
The president said he firmly believed the key to the country’s problem is not surrendering but putting up resistance, adding that the representatives of Iran abroad should always seek to seize opportunities and create achievements for the country.
Back in mid-April, Rayeesi said that his administration is paying attention to the solution of internal problems based on domestic capabilities rather than pinning hope on foreigners.
He stated that Iran is making progress despite foreign threats, stressing that the existing problems will certainly be resolved by the Iranian people themselves not foreigners.
The president added that the government, in cooperation with the people, is making efforts to advance the country’s progress in economic, social and cultural fields, despite foreign pressures.
Iran’s president noted that measures are underway to both nullify and lift sanctions against Tehran.
“Iran has a bright future ahead and that the enemy would not be successful in its attempts to create hopelessness and pessimism,” Rayeesi stressed.
The Rayeesi administration emphasizes that Tehran does not tie ordinary life of people to external factors. The president stresses that Iran never left the negotiating table with world powers, but his administration will not tie the country’s economy to its fate.
“Iran’s progress and economy would never be kept back on account of other people’s smiles and scowls,” he stated in mid-August.
“We will not tie people’s livelihood with any external factor and will diligently pursue solving the problems of the country and people,” Rayeesi continued.
The president stressed that the government will continue the work seriously despite the harsh sanctions.