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New Iranian government will seek constructive interaction with the world: Rohani
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Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani speaks at a press conference in Tehran on Monday, June 17, 2013.
Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani speaks at a press conference in Tehran on Monday, June 17, 2013.
TEHRAN – President-elect Hassan Rohani has said that the new Iranian government will seek to promote “constructive interaction” with the world.
 
“The government of prudence and hope will seek constructive interaction with the world, moderation, and the realization of national objectives,” Rohani said in a press conference in Tehran on Monday. 
 
He also stated that he believes that the Iranian people’s active participation in the political process had created a new opportunity for the country to enhance its interactions with the world.
 
“Given the current situation, in which there is much tension in the political and economic spheres, interaction with Iran and the new government will benefit the region and the world,” he stated.
 
Enhancement of ties with neighbors will be first foreign policy priority
 
The first priority of Iran’s foreign policy will be the promotion of friendly and close relations with all its neighbors based on mutual respect and the principle of good neighborliness, he said.
 
He also highlighted the importance of brotherly relations with Persian Gulf Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia, and expressed hope that the new Iranian government would be able to expand ties with those countries.
 
Syrian crisis should be resolved by Syrians
 
Asked about the Syria crisis, Rohani said that the crisis should be resolved by the Syrian people and adding that the Syrian people should determine their own destiny.
 
Iran is opposed to terrorism and is also opposed to foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs, he added.
 
“We hope that calm and peace will return to Syria with the help of all regional countries and that the Syrian nation will achieve their goal,” he stated.
 
Iran will continue nuclear talks more actively
 
On the process of talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany) on the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program, Rohani said that his government would continue talks with the 5+1 group “more actively”.
 
“We believe that a solution of the nuclear issue can only be found through dialogue. Threats are not effective, neither are sanctions, and the solution is holding negotiations,” he said.
 
Asked whether he will meet some Western countries’ demands that Iran should halt uranium enrichment, he said that the era of suspension had come to an end.
 
“We are now in a special situation, and I think that there are many ways to build confidence,” he said.
 
Rohani formerly served as the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council and was Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator in the talks with Britain, France, and Germany between 2003 and 2005.
 
Iran agreed to temporarily suspend uranium enrichment-related activities in 2004.
 
Old wounds should be healed 
 
Commenting on the White House statement on Iran’s presidential election results, he said that the relationship between Iran and the United States had become a complicated and difficult issue.
 
“There are old wounds that should be healed prudently, and we certainly will not be seeking tension… but any talk of direct negotiations should be based on mutual interests and on an equal footing,” he said. 
 
The United States must not interfere in Iran’s internal affairs and must recognize Iran’s legitimate rights, including its nuclear rights, and must discard its unilateralist and tyrannical policies toward Iran, he said, adding “In such a situation, if we feel that there is goodwill, the ground will be prepared.”
 
The White House said in a statement on Saturday, “The United States remains ready to engage the Iranian government directly in order to reach a diplomatic solution that will fully address the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.”

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Last Updated on 18 June 2013 04:51