President Rayeesi Raps Europe's Miscalculation on Iran's Domestic Affairs
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi warned France of the danger of extremism in the European country, and lashed out at some European states for their miscalculations about Iran's internal affairs.
Receiving credentials of the new ambassador of France to Tehran Nicolas Roche on Tuesday, Rayeesi warned about the dominance of extremism and support for Islamophobia in France.
Iran's president advised the new French envoy to put the correct transmission of the facts on his agenda.
Criticizing some European countries for their miscalculations about Iran's domestic affairs, he considered such miscalculations as a result of having no knowledge about the greatness of the Iranian nation.
Roche, for his part, expressed hope for the improvement and expansion of cooperation between the two countries.
"On behalf of the French President, he is instructed to work towards resolving the existing misunderstandings in relations and expanding cooperation between the two states," he added.
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Tehran and Paris have been engaged in a diplomatic row over French meddlesome stance on recent unrest Iran.
President Emmanuel Macron also held a meeting with a number of anti-Tehran figures, including Masih Alinejad, at the Elysée last year. In the meeting, the French president described the recent unrest in Iran as a "revolution".
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kana'ani condemned Macron for meeting several anti-Tehran individuals at the Elysee Palace, and cautioned that the move will surely remain in the memory of the Iranian nation.
“It is surprising that the president of a country claiming to support freedom, lowers his level and meets with a hated pawn who, in the recent months, has clearly tried to spread hatred, violence and terrorist acts in the Islamic Republic of Iran and also against its diplomatic missions as well as diplomats of the Islamic Republic abroad,” Kana'ani said.
The diplomat called the statements quoted from Macron that he supports the so-called revolution, led by these people, as "regretful" and "a cause for shame".
The spokesperson added the meeting is a flagrant violation of France’s international responsibilities in fighting terrorism and violence, and is regarded as a promotion of these vicious phenomena.
He emphasized that such anti-Tehran measures will undoubtedly be kept in the memory of the great Iranian nation, who are well aware of the selective approaches of some European leaders, going against human rights.
Protests erupted in several cities across Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who fainted at a police station in mid-September and days later was pronounced dead at a hospital. The demonstrations soon turned violent.
Iranian officials blame Western countries for orchestrating the riots to destabilize the country.
The US, the UK and the European Union (EU) have imposed a slew of sanctions against Iranian individuals and legal entities since the September death in police custody of an Iranian woman. Iran has returned the adversarial measures and meddlesome statements with sanctions against European, American and British officials and institutions.