IRI Leader's Viewpoints (No. 14): Analyzing Meetings between the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and Foreign Officials

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Four Points about 25 Foreign Meetings of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution

Diplomatic exchanges have been always of high significance to governments, specially developing governments, and are still of utmost significance to them. In addition to conveying important messages to neighboring and other countries, such exchanges have many effects on the involved parties, especially in economic and political fields. The frequency of trips by senior foreign officials from different countries to the Islamic Republic of Iran has been on the rise in recent years. From April 2015 to June 2016, a total of 25 foreign officials, including 12 presidents and prime ministers and a chief executive from Asia, six presidents or prime ministers from Europe, two presidents from the Americas, as well as three presidents and a prime minister from Africa have met and conferred with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Out of foreign officials, who have met with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, there have been officials from four emerging global powers, namely, Russia, China, India and South Korea. Russia and China, are two main members of the United Nations Security Council, which wield the veto right. India is an economic, scientific and nuclear power while South Korea is also a major economic powerhouse in the world. Therefore, according to analyses by international experts, these four countries account for a big share of the global economy. In these meetings, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution has frequently emphasized in his remarks that the Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes promotion of interaction with the “international community” and communications with other countries of the world in all continents. In fact, one of the fundaments of the Islamic Revolution’s foreign policy is interaction with the world and all countries in it, to the exception of the United States and Israel. During these meetings, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution has laid stress on the independence of Iran in its foreign policy moves and also on the need to protect bilateral relations from the influence of the arrogant powers. An example in this regard is the Leader’s remarks in meeting with the president of South Korea, during which Ayatollah Khamenei said, “It is not suitable for relations between countries like Iran and South Korea to be under the influence and will of the United States.”

Four important axes in the Leader’s meetings with foreign officials

When analyzed, the contents of 25 meetings between the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and foreign officials would shows that there are common axes in most of these meetings. Four of the most important common axes of those meetings include:

1. Emphasis on increasing economic and trade exchanges between the two sides

One of the important and prominent axes in the Leader’s statements has been emphasis on the need to boost bilateral economic and trade exchanges in proportion to the two countries’ existing capacities. For example, in his meeting with the visiting South African President Jacob Zuma, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said, “Relations between Iran and South Africa are very amicable and cooperation between the two countries in world bodies is very effective and efficient, but economic and trade exchanges must be also increased in proportion to the two countries’ capacities.” This emphasis put by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution on the need to boost bilateral economic and trade relations, is also an indication that such diplomatic exchanges should have objective and tangible results. Attraction of foreign investment to Iran, boosting foreign investment by the Islamic Republic of Iran in other countries, increasing exchange of goods, and boosting the Islamic Republic of Iran’s exports, especially with regard to non-oil commodities, to other countries are among prominent examples of objective and practical achievements of such foreign visits. On the other hand, the emphasis put by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution on this issue shows his accurate understanding of the foremost problem facing Iran, which is the country’s economic issue and the need to have economic relations with other countries in order to resolve people’s livelihood problems. Otherwise, diplomatic exchanges would amount to nothing, but mere media gestures.

2. Opposition to anti-Iran sanctions

One of the important issues, which have been brought up by foreign officials in their meetings with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution either directly or indirectly, has been opposition to sanctions imposed by the West against the Islamic Republic of Iran. The president of South Africa clearly said during his meeting that “we have always been against West’s sanctions against Iran.” The president of South Korea also noted that “during the sanctions period, we tried as far as we could to continue our presence in Iran.” In reality, sanctions not only constitute a clear oppressive measure taken by the Western powers, especially the United States, against the Islamic Republic of Iran, in particular, and many other countries, in general, but they also prove the neo-realist viewpoint that international institutions are but a tool in the hands of big global powers. During his meetings, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution has been trying to encourage other countries to engage in economic and trade exchanges with Iran in order to blunt America’s sanctions tool against the country and get the foreign trade cycle back on its main track.

3. Terrorism, a common malady

Just as he had written in his second letter to Western youths last December, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution has also emphasized in his meetings with foreign officials that terrorism is a common malady facing the entire humanity, which has made the entire world unsafe. The Leader also maintains that the fight against terrorism needs international resolve and this global threat cannot be done away with through mere sloganeering and forming false coalitions. It seems that the emphasis put by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution on this issue can be viewed from two angles. First of all, he is trying to do away with the Islamophobic and Iranophobic images projected to the world by officials and media in Western countries. He also wants to convey to the world the message that Iran is itself a victim of terrorism and is also a pioneer in the fight against terrorism. Secondly, despite Western officials’ claims about fighting against terrorism, the same Western countries have been, and continue to be, among the main creators and supporters of terrorist groups.

4. Issuing warning about the United States’ international and regional policies

One of the most important axes in the remarks made by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution in his meetings with most foreign officials has been his warning about the need to be aware of the United States’ policies and false claims made by US officials about making effort to solve international issues, including through fighting against terrorism. In a meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Leader said, “Americans are trying through their long-term plan to dominate Syria and then expand their control over the entire region in order to make up for their historical failure and lack of control over West Asia, which this plan is a threat to all nations and countries, especially Russia and Iran.” In his meeting with the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei mentioned financial and arms assistance by the United States for terrorist groups as major impediments to resolution of the problem of terrorism, adding, “There are documented and accurate reports about America’s assistance to Daesh and some other terrorist groups, and even now that they have formed an anti-Daesh coalition, some American organs are helping Daesh in a different way.”

In his meeting with Park Geun-hye, the president of South Korea, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “America chants slogans about fighting against terrorism, but in practice, it does not deal with this issue honestly while in any form, terrorism is bad and dangerous to nations and security of countries, because without security, there would be no desirable progress in any field.”

The final point is that in none of his meetings with other countries’ officials, except for officials from Islamic countries, has the Leader ever talked about the problems facing the Islamic world unless in those cases when there has been talk about a manufactured enemy called Daesh and state terrorism. Of course, this issue has its root in the Quran and Islamic traditions, which require every subject to be discussed in its right place, and can be a good lesson for other officials.

Source: Khorasan Newspaper
Translated By: Iran Review.Org

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