Zarif: Iran relies on people for security, progress

January 4, 2019 - 20:49

TEHRAN – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday that Iran relies on its people to for “security” and “progress” and this is a great achievement.

“Today, it is a great honor for us that no one can say if we were not supported, you would speak Arabic, Russian or English. Our youths who did not see the pre-revolution time should know that this is a great achievement,” Zarif said during a ceremony in Mashhad.

He added, “We have nothing but the people and it is essential to respect the society’s rights.”

In remarks made to Fox News in December, Senator Graham said, “Let me put it this way — I want to be very blunt with you: If it weren’t for the United States, they’d be speaking Farsi in about a week in Saudi Arabia.”

Pointing to the Astana talks involving Iran, Russia, Turkey, Syria and the opposition groups, Zarif said negotiations have reduced tension in Syria.

The Astana peace talks were launched on Jan. 23-24, 2017 with the aim of putting an end to the Syrian conflict.

Being superpower has no meaning, Zarif says

Zarif also said that today, being a superpower has no meaning and no one can claim that he can make decision for the rest of the world.

“Today, many developments have occurred in the world and as we can see, one group cannot make decision for others anymore,” the foreign minister remarked.

Zarif also met with Ebrahim Raisi, the custodian of the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS), during his tour of Mashhad.