Iranian President Raeisi’s press conference in New York
In response to a question about Iran’s proximity to Russia and China, the President said that the policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran looked neither east nor west, adding: “We will not allow anyone to dominate us and we will not try to dominate any country.”
“Since in the past, the main attention in the development of foreign relations was focused on Western countries, today the effort of the government is to create a balance so that the level of relations with countries such as China, the Russia and other eastern countries to be more visible,” he said.
Speaking about Iran’s initiative to realize the rights of the Palestinian people, President Raeisi stressed the need to hold free elections with the participation of all Palestinians, regardless of their religion.
In response to a question about relations with SCO member countries in realizing a balanced foreign policy for Iran, Raeisi said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran and the Shanghai Organization have great and valuable mutual abilities for each other. countries such as Russia, China, India and other Asian countries in this regional union can bring significant economic benefits to Iran and, at the same time, facilitate communication with neighboring, Asian and friendly countries in order to create a balance in foreign policy for Iran.”
Addressing safeguard issues and anti-Iranian allegations in this regard, President Raeisi noted that it is not possible to reach an agreement without closing the safeguard file claimed by the West.
“Basically, while Iran is ready to solve these problems while reaching a nuclear agreement, the fact that Western countries and the United States refuse to do so is proof that they want to keep it as a lever of pressure against Iran, and we will not give in to such a procedure.
“Today the ball is in the United States’ court and they have to make the right decision,” he said.
Elsewhere in his address, President Raeisi referred to the role of martyr Soleimani in the fight against terrorism, saying that General Qassem Soleimani was the hero of the fight against terrorism and restored security to the people and the region by putting his life in danger during the time when ISIL and other terrorist groups had darkened the lives of people in the region.
Referring to the official announcement of the previous US President’s order to assassinate General Qassem Soleimani, Raeisi added, “Isn’t this a clear example of state terrorism? The Islamic Republic of Iran seriously pursues a fair investigation and trial of the leaders and leaders of this act, because if the perpetrators of such an act are tried and brought to justice, future generations will not dare to repeat such an act. .
In response to a question about the death of a young woman in Iran, the Iranian President noted: “The incident is being seriously investigated, and I myself have contacted her family at the earliest opportunity. and while expressing my sympathy to him, I assured them that all aspects of the case will be investigated so that no one loses their rights.”
“But keep in mind that the most important condition for the defense of human rights is not to confront this issue with double and multiple standards,” he stressed.
The Iranian president also criticized Western media for not showing the same reaction to similar incidents in the United States and European countries.
“Regarding the repercussions of this incident, I must say that protest is a problem that can arise in any country. In the Islamic Republic of Iran today, there is a level of freedom where everyone can express their opposing opinion in different circles regarding political, economic, scientific and social issues, but the disturbance is different from a protest,” added President Raeisi.
Elsewhere in his remarks, President Raeisi said that expanding relations with neighbors is one of the principles of Iran’s foreign policy and added that the Zionist regime seeks to create its own security by normalizing relations with certain countries of the region, but that he is not aware of the fact that this normalization of relations is with the governments of these countries and not their peoples, therefore, therefore, the hatred of the peoples of the region towards this regime deepens.
“Besides neighborly relations, we think these countries are very wrong and one day they will see in practice that the Zionist regime does not set any red lines to secure its interests,” the Iranian president continued.