Baku, Azerbaijan, March 15
By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
Head of Iran’s Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said that President Hassan Rouhani has promised people beyond what the government is authorized to do.
These things are the province of other entities, he said, pointing to Rouhani’s promises about more socio-political freedom during his presidential campaign.
“Mr. Rouhani gave some promises based on which he gained votes. They must let him carry out his promises,” he said in an interview with the reformist newspaper Aftab Yazd published March 14.
Foreign policy is a critical issue because people are under a lot of pressure from that corner, Hashemi noted.
He added that if the foreign policy case is resolved, Rouhani will be able to attend other issues that he had promised, such as domestic development, employment, etc.
The ayatollah went on to comment on Iran-Saudi Arabia relations, saying that he had reached a deal with the late King Abdullah.
“But the previous government disturbed the deal. We had held long talks with King Abdullah and his close allies. We had reached agreement to have six to seven joint committees,” he said.
Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been strained. Both Saudi Arabia and Iran have the aspiration of taking the leadership role in the region yet the two countries are poles apart politically.
While Iran is supporting the Lebanese Shiaa Movement Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Saudi Arabia is a key supporter of the Syrian opposition.
Hashemi also commented on Iran-US relations. He said that if the US will approach Iran in a balanced face-off there is hope that the two countries could come to terms.
Iran and the US_ along with Russia, China, France, the UK, and Germany, forming the group 5+1, are in intense talks over Tehran’s nuclear program. The sides have set a deadline of June 1 to reach a comprehensive agreement on the case.
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