TEHRAN -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent regional tour had no tangible results, and he will be returning to Washington almost empty-handed, Iranian MP Evaz Heidarpour said in Tehran on Wednesday.
In an interview with the Iranian parliament’s news agency ICANA, Heidarpour said, “Kerry was not welcomed in his visits to regional countries, especially in Egypt and Turkey, where he faced a cold reception.”
Heidarpour, who is a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, noted that the trip to the region was clearly meant to promote the United States’ anti-Iran policies.
“However, Kerry had almost no success in his efforts to persuade regional governments to pressure Iran,” he said.
“Kerry’s comparatively mild tone on Syria showed that U.S. officials are despondent about (the possibility of) military intervention in the country and are looking for a political solution,” he added.
With his stop in Qatar on Wednesday, Kerry rounded off a nine-country tour through Europe and the Middle East, the first international trip he has taken since being confirmed as secretary of state in January.
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