Rayeesi Meets World Leaders before Inauguration Ceremony
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's new President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi held separate meetings with high-ranking officials of different world states who have been invited to participate in his inauguration ceremony in Tehran on Thursday afternoon.
"There is no doubt that independent and freedom-seeking countries in the world can develop relations and cooperation to overcome US sanctions and oppressive pressures," Rayeesi said in a meeting with visiting Venezuelan Vice President Ricardo Menendez Prieto on Wednesday evening.
"Iran and Venezuela have common interests as well as common enemies, and we have always shown that with perseverance and tact we can thwart the conspiracies of the United States and global imperialism, and the United States, contrary to its claims, cannot stop independent nations from progressing and excelling," he said.
Referring to the strong will to strengthen bilateral relations to move rapidly towards comprehensive development, Rayeesi stated, "We are determined to eliminate the problems facing our people by establishing comprehensive relations with friendly and brotherly countries."
Prieto, for his part, said that "Venezuela's friendship with the Iranian people is unconditional and permanent, and we are determined to make a leap in relations between the two countries".
"We are confident that by working together we can overcome the problems," he said, referring to the drawing up of a common roadmap for dealing with issues such as sanctions.
Speaking in a meeting with the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mustafa Şentop on Thursday afternoon, Rayeesi described Iran-Turkey relations as more than just neighbourly relations and said, "Common beliefs have brought the people of the two countries very close to each other.”
Pointing out that the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the forthcoming term is to develop relations to their highest level in various fields with the friendly and brotherly country of Turkey, the President added, "Tehran and Ankara have good potentials to develop relations in all fields, and the promotion of cooperation between the two countries can further promote regional and international cooperation.”
Referring to the priority of good neighbourliness policy in the foreign policy of the new government, he said, "The success of good neighbourliness policy requires the development and deepening of multilateral ties between Iran and Turkey."
Şentop, for his part, congratulated Raeisi on his election, and wished him success on behalf of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the new President of Iran.
"The relations between Iran and Turkey are beyond good relations between two neighbours and are very important for the realisation of peace in the international stage,” he said.
Sentop also expressed hope that with the forthcoming meeting of the Supreme Council of Cooperation between Iran and Turkey, a big step would be taken towards the promotion of cooperation between the two countries.
He also expressed concern over the developments in Afghanistan, noting that the lack of proper progress in the peace process in Afghanistan has created a security vacuum in the country and therefore Iran and Turkey should strengthen their cooperation to establish peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Also, speaking in a meeting with the Speaker of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin on Thursday afternoon, Rayeesi described the volume of Iran-Russia interactions as good but insufficient, saying, "Tehran-Moscow relations should enter a new era, and major steps need to be taken for their development.”
Expressing that the cooperation between Iran and Russia can be effective and a deterrent against unilateralism, the president expressed hope that the Comprehensive Document of Cooperation between the two countries would be finalised in order to maximise cooperation.
Pointing out that there is no obstacle to the comprehensive development of relations between the two countries, Rayeesi said, "We are pleased with Russia's economic progress and growth towards self-reliance and we are determined to implement the policies of Economy of Resistance to promote resilience to economic shocks, especially against the oppressive sanctions of the United States and Europe.”
Volodin, for his part, congratulated Rayeesi for his election, and wished him success on behalf of himself and President Vladimir Putin, emphasising the need to improve cooperation between the two countries in all fields.
He also expressed the readiness of the Russian Parliament for playing a role in this regard, saying, "Your proposal to finalise the document on comprehensive cooperation between Iran and Russia will be conveyed to Mr Putin.”
The Speaker of the Russian State Duma also stated that his country has always supported the development of relations with Iran in various fields, adding, "Relations between the two countries are still far from the desired level, and I will do my part to accelerate the improvement of the level of relations within the framework of parliamentary relations with Iran."
"Sanctions against Iran and Russia were imposed with the aim of weakening our countries, but we will overcome these obstacles together to promote interactions and progress," he said.
Also in a meeting with Head of Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council Faiq Zidan on Thursday, President Rayeesi said that Tehran sees no limit in the process of strengthening relations with Iraq in different fields.
Pointing to religious, cultural, and historical commonalities between Iran and Iraq, Rayeesi said his administration has put developing ties with Baghdad among priorities.
Marking the sacrifices of resistance leaders martyrs General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in the fight against terrorism, he said, “The American government explicitly took the responsibility of this big crime. This was practically a state terrorism and they should respond to world’s public opinion.”
For his part, Faiq said he is sure Tehran-Baghdad ties will improve in different political and economic fields during the term of the new Iranian administration.
Also, in a meeting with Speaker of the Niger Parliament Seyni Oumarou on Wednesday evening, Rayeesi said that relations between the two countries have always been friendly after the victory of the Islamic Revolution.
"What brings Iran and Niger closer to each other in terms of political and economic relations is the common beliefs of the two nations that unite our hearts."
The current level of relations between the two countries is not acceptable, he said, adding, "Foreign ministries of Iran and Niger should design and implement an operational mechanism for identifying all potentials in the two countries, because the development of relations with African countries, including Niger, will be one of Iran's priorities in the coming term."
Rayeesi also described parliamentary relations as one of the suitable grounds for developing the relations between the two countries and added, "Good relations between Iran and Niger should be a ground for strengthening the relations between the two countries in the international stage."
In this meeting, the Speaker of the Niger Parliament Seyni Oumarou conveyed the congratulations of the President and people of Niger, and stated, "I am the conveyer of the message of the Niger government and people to develop good and friendly relations between the two countries."
Meantime, the Iranian president told the visiting Omani foreign minister that "relations between Tehran and Muscat go beyond the relations between two neighbors and stem from the historical ties and common grounds".
Rayeesi received Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi, the Foreign Minister and Special Envoy of the Sultan of Oman, for a meeting on Wednesday morning during which he said, "The friendly relations between Iran and Oman have not only remained at the level of bilateral relations, but have also been reflected in the cooperation and convergence of the two countries in international and regional fields."
"The goal of the Islamic Republic of Iran is to develop relations with Oman in all areas, including political, economic, social and cultural,” Rayeesi
The president described the feeling of closeness between the people of Iran and Oman towards each other as a support for the development and strengthening of bilateral relations and capital in advancing bilateral relations.
He continued his speech by pointing out that the countries of the region have enough ability and power to ensure the security of the region, stating, "The presence of outsiders in the region has no effect other than threatening security.”
Al Busaidi, for his part, conveyed the congratulations and greetings of the Sultan of Oman to the new President of Iran, noting, "Relations between Iran and Oman have become a model for relations between countries in the region, and we are proud of these historical and deep-rooted relations.”
Welcoming Rayeesi's position on strengthening relations with neighboring countries, including in his speech during the endorsement ceremony, the Omani Foreign Minister said, "We hope to welcome Your Excellency in Muscat as soon as possible and for the visits of high-ranking officials to continue to further strengthen and consolidate the relations between the two countries, especially in the economic field.”
Also, speaking in a Wednesday meeting with Chairman of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan Nurdinjan Ismailov, Rayeesi said that the two countries have a lot of historical and cultural common grounds, saying, "There are countless potentials for the development of relations between the two countries in different fields, especially economy, that we are interested in activating in order to serve the interests of both nations.”
Emphasizing the need to expedite the completion of existing agreements between the two countries and the need to identify new capacities, he stated, "The deepening and strengthening of relations and cooperation should lead to the security of the two countries and greater prosperity of the two nations.”
The President also stressed the importance of close cooperation between the parliaments of Iran and Uzbekistan, saying, "Parliamentary interaction and cooperation can play an effective role in the implementation of agreements between the two countries and the development of relations,” reported the press service of Iran’s President.
Ismailov, for his part, conveyed the greetings and congratulations of the Uzbek President and government to Raisi and said, "Uzbekistan seeks to develop and strengthen comprehensive relations with Iran, especially in the trade and economic sectors.”
"We consider the development of parliamentary cooperation to be effective in developing and strengthening relations between the two countries, not only economically but also culturally and scientifically, and we are determined to advance this goal seriously," he added.
Meantime, in a meeting with the Speaker of Tajik Parliament Mohammad Taer Zakerzade on Wednesday, Rayeesi said that today’s insecurities in Afghanistan, which is rooted in foreign interference in this country, is not in interest of anyone.
He considered the relations between the two countries of Iran and Tajikistan ‘based on empathy, common language’, and said that Tehran-Dushanbe relations are beyond the normal ties, so that giant steps should be taken to improve the level of these relations relying upon cultural and civilizational similarities.
Developing relations between Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan as three Persian-speaking countries is of paramount importance, Rayeesi said, adding that today's insecurity in Afghanistan, which is rooted in foreign interference in the country, is not in interest of anyone and Iran and Tajikistan must work more closely together to address this common concern both in bilateral and international fields.
Zakerzade, for his part, conveyed the warmest greetings of President of Tajikistan to Iran's new president and said that Iran and Tajikistan relations are based on a common religion, language, culture, history, and civilization and the two countries have great potential for expansion of relations in all fields.
Also, Rayeesi in a meeting with visiting tourism minister of Ghana on Wednesday appreciated his Ghanaian counterpart’s congratulation message, saying, "I ask you to convey my massage on Islamic Republic of Iran’s will to expand economic ties with Ghana."
He referred to the Ghanaian tourism minister’s dissatisfaction with the level of his country’s economic interactions with Iran, saying that the decreased level of ties with Ghana and the other African countries is not acceptable to the 13th government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and "I will spend all my efforts aimed at improvement of comprehensive ties will all African countries".
Ibrahim Muhammad, for his part, conveyed the warm congratulations of his country’s president on the occasion of the coming to power of President Rayeesi's government, and expressed hope that by elimination of the obstacles, the relations between Iran and Ghana would expand comprehensively, and specially more than ever before in the economic field.
He referred to his country’s appropriate geographical status in the west side of the African continent, reiterating, "Ghana enjoys an excellent position for economic activities and can serve as a gate for Iran’s entry to the entire African continent."
Meantime, President Rayeesi in a meeting with visiting Bolivian foreign minister expressed unhappiness with the current level of ties with Bolivia, and said bilateral relations are insufficient and unsatisfactory keeping in mind both countries’ capacities.
He told Rogelio Mayta on Wednesday that "together, we need to devise methods for comprehensive expansion of cooperation and tieson".
Pointing to significance of expansion of ties and strengthening of cooperation between Iran and Bolivia, Rayeesi reiterated, "The two countries have broad fields for expansion of their bilateral ties, which need to be identified to serve both nations’ interests."
The president referred to the US displeasure with the current improving trend of Iran-Bolivia ties, as well as Iran’s amicable ties with other Latin American countries, and reiterated that the two countries are determined to expand our ties with your country as much as possible, despite the arrogant powers’ will to serve both nations’ interests.
America and the other arrogant world powers are displeased and angry that Bolivia is standing on its own feet based on your nation’s will, but beyond doubt, the independent and freedom seeking nations, such as the Bolivians can keep on paving their path towards advancement and wellbeing despite the arrogant powers’ will, Rayeesi added.
Mayta, for his part, conveyed the Bolivians government and nations’ warm congratulations to President Rayeesi for winning the presidential elections and announced his country’s will and interest in further deepening and strengthening of friendly ties with Iran.
“Despite the US sabotage, we are determined to expand our comprehensive ties and cooperation with Tehran,” he added.
Also, Rayeesi emphasized in a meeting with Pakistan Senate Seaker Muhammad Sadeq Sanjarani that Tehran and Islamabad enjoy unbreakable ties and said both countries must identify the capacities for expansion of ties and broadening of the sphere of cooperation both in bilateral and regional levels.
Raisi said the Tehran-Islamabad relations are beyond the two neighboring countries’ ties, adding that the ties between the two nations are based on shared strong beliefs and cultures, and "this makes our close ties unbreakable".
The new Iranian president said that the satisfactory level of Iran-Pakistan relations is far beyond their current level, pointing out that new ways for further deepening our bilateral ties can be sought.
"We need to identify the capacities for broader bilateral ties and greater cooperation between our two countries to serve both nations’ interests as well as the region’s interests," Rayeesi said.
The president also referred to the significance of broadening parliamentary ties between Iran and Pakistan, adding, "The parliaments of the two countries can play constructive and beneficial roles in the path towards having broader bilateral ties."
Elsewhere in his remarks, President Rayeesi expressed deep worries about the existing tensions and unrest in Afghanistan, emphasizing that cooperation between Iran and Pakistan aimed at establishing sustainable peace and security in that country is urgently needed.
The current status of the Afghan nation is nerve-wracking, he said, adding the two countries should take joint initiatives to prevent further plight for Afghanistan's Muslim nation.
The new Iranian president said that the presence of the American forces has nowhere in the world led to resolving problems, but has, on the contrary, further aggravated the difficulties.
President Rayeesi reiterated that Afghanistan must be free from the interference of the aliens and by the Afghans, themselves, decide its own fate through peaceful, all-Afghan dialogues.
Sanjarani, for his part, conveyed the warm congratulations of the Pakistani president and prime minister, arguing that Iran and Pakistan are like two souls in the same body, enjoying brotherly ties.
"I am sure with the positive approach of your good self about the further expansion of bilateral ties with Pakistan, the two countries’ comprehensive cooperation will reach a spectacular level," he added.
In a meeting with visiting Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Ronaldo Moncada on Wednesday evening, Rayeesi said that the Nicaraguan Revolution has always been well known for the Iranians.
He further noted that the continuation of the revolutionary mood among the youth guarantees national independence.
The president said resistance against the unjust US intentions has turned Nicaragua into a role model for the Latin American countries and the anti-oppression movements in that region’s countries.
Pointing out that the Nicaraguan Revolution is well known for Iranians, President Rayeesi said that Iranian people have always wished success for the revolutionary Nicaraguan people, and as the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution has emphasized, the revolutionary spirit must always remain brisk and fresh, specially among the young generation.
The leaders of the Nicaraguan Revolution, too, should not let the passage of time to weaken the revolutionary spirit among the people and especially among the Nicaraguan youth, he added.
President Rayeesi evaluated the bilateral ties as good and constructive, reiterating, "Of course the current level of relations is not sufficient and precise surveys are needed to identify the capacities in both countries, since long and serious steps aimed at further improving the level of our relations need to be taken."
The Nicaraguan Foreign Minister, too, conveyed the warm salutations and congratulation of the Nicaraguan president to President Rayeesi as the head of Iran's 13th government and reiterated that Nicaragua proceeds with materializing the objectives of its revolution, and safeguards the shared objectives of the revolutionary countries, especially campaign against the global oppression.
Moncada also reiterated that stable and solid structures aimed at strengthening the constructive bilateral ties must be designed and implemented.
Rayeesi’s inauguration ceremony is due to be held on Thursday (August 5) in the presence of tens of domestic officials and foreign guests from dozens of world states.
“The inauguration ceremony of the president-elect will be held at 05:00 p.m. local time (1230 GMT) on Thursday, August 5, based on what was decided today in a closed-door meeting,” Mohammad Ali Mohseni Bandpei, a senior legislator, said on Wednesday.
Also, speaking on the sidelines of Wednesday’s parliamentary session, lawmaker Mohsen Dehnavi said that because of the COVID-19 epidemic, there are restrictions in the number of the Iranian and foreign guests who have been invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
Once the list of Rayeesi’s cabinet is submitted to the parliament, specialized commissions will on August 7 start reviewing the qualifications of the proposed ministers, a process that will most likely take a week, Dehnavi said. The following week, the MPs will organize a vote of confidence in the cabinet.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei officially endorsed Rayeesi as Iran’s 8th president in a ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday.
Rapporteur of the parliament’s Presiding Board Seyed Nezameddin Mousavi announced on Monday that Over 115 officials from 73 world states have declared preparedness to attend the inaugural of Rayeesi.
"Based on the information available so far, 115 officials from 73 countries have announced their readiness to attend the inauguration ceremony; among these officials, 10 heads of state, 20 speakers of parliament, 11 foreign ministers, 10 other ministers from different countries, as well as special envoys and vice-speakers of parliaments, commission chairpersons and parliamentary delegations will attend the ceremony,” Mousavi said.
"Also, the heads and officials of 11 international and regional organizations, representative of the UN Secretary-General, head of OPEC and officials from IPU, the European Union, Eurasia, Inter-Parliamentary Union of Islamic and Asian countries, ECO, SICA and D8 have declared their participation in the ceremony,” he added.
Mousavi said that representatives and prominent figures of different religions of the world have sent positive response to Iran's invitation and will take part in Rayeesi's inaugural, adding that the inauguration ceremony will be held under tight COVID-19 health protocols.
Rayeesi was elected Iran’s eighth president after he garnered almost 62 percent of the votes in the June 18 election with a turnout of 48.8 percent. He will succeed President Hassan Rouhani, who has served two four-year terms in office.