EghtesadOnline: Head of the Expediency Council Center for Strategic Research, Ali-Akbar Velayati, said on Sunday that Iranians have always led a dignified life and they have no need for Trump or any other person from the US to allow them in or not.
He made the remarks at the end of a meeting with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto on Sunday in reaction to the US president’s travel ban on seven Muslim countries’ nationals, IRNA reported.
The Iranians’ honor is that they do not need to be accepted by irregular people like Trump, he said, noting that they also need not draw Trump’s attention to be able to receive visa or not.
The senior official also noted that Iranians visit countries, which respect them and no doubt the move would be detrimental to the US’ future and it would face worse problems than ever.
Asked about the statement of the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, that Aqsa Mosque destroyed by the Romans is a sacred site for the Jews, he hoped that the secretary general had not said such a thing and if so,
it is not true and logical.
“Aqsa Mosque belongs to Muslims and the entire land of Palestine belongs to the Palestinians that has been occupied by the Zionists,” he said, hoping that the land would be liberated a day.
Responding to a question about French foreign minister’s visit to Tehran, Velayati said if he wants to work for his country’s nation and foreign policy, he should enter into constructive talks with Iran as the first power of the region.
If the French want to pursue the diplomacy of complying with the Americans, they will have no room in the region, he said, noting that if France wishes to attend the region, it should adopt independency in its foreign policy and avoid obeying the Americans.
He also hoped that French foreign minister’s trip to Tehran would be in line with its nation and government’s wishes, as they always tried to separate their interests from those of the US.
Yamamoto also told reporters that he held deep and clear talks with Velayati on Afghanistan.
He also appreciated Iran for its support for the Afghan National Unity Government.