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Iran's 11th Presidential Election (No. 11): Viewpoints of Ali Akbar Velayati

Monday, May 27, 2013

Iran Review Research Team

Election fever heats up as Iran’s presidential candidates deliver televised speech.

Review of Ali Akbar Velayati, advisor to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, viewpoints as declared in his televised interviews:

1. Diplomacy is a technique, science and art, which if used correctly, can protect a given country’s national interests – even in a relative form – without undermining positive interaction with the world. An example of such diplomacy can be seen during the [eight-year] Sacred Defense [Iraqi imposed war on Iran]. At that time, Iran was engaged in a full-fledged classic war and almost all big powers of the world had practically sided with Iraq in order to protect their large-scale interests. However, Iran's diplomatic apparatus maintained the highest level of diplomatic relations with exactly the same countries. Foreign ministers of Iran and the European countries traveled to each other’s capitals and there was no sign of international sanctions with the intensity and seriousness that we see today. It was the same diplomatic approach that helped Iran to finally prove its rightful position [to the world] within framework of the [UN] Resolution 598, and made the then Secretary-General of the United Nations Javier Perez De Cuellar, to officially announce the government of Iraq as the beginner of war against Iran.

2. The current situation of Iran is not worse than its situation during the war [with Iraq]. So, why our people are entangled in so many political and economic woes and the country is grappling with a wave of international sanctions and restrictive measures so that we sell crude oil, but cannot get its money even after it has been consumed in China and India?

3. If the next administration opts for interaction with the world, instead of obstinately challenging the world, an important part of the country’s domestic problems will be solved because in today’s world, no country can remain isolated from the rest of the globe and even the United States cannot continue its progressive growth without interaction with the world.

4. If the next administration knows the art of diplomacy and does not consider “interaction” [with other countries] to be equivalent with “subservience,” it would be able to both safeguard the national interests [of Iran] and put the derailed train of [Iran's] foreign policy back on the right standard track. The next government should choose “foreign diplomacy at the service of domestic economy” as its motto and method of choice.

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