Hashemi Rafsanjani Meets With Slovenian President on International Ties

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 15:38

The chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council of Iran met with Slovenian President Borut Pahor, discussing democracy, Iran-US and Iran-Slovenia relations.

According to an ISCA report, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani stated that we believe Islam has progressive views for managing society but owing to the undesirable experiences of the interference of the Church and its constant barring of science and education, this view may not be as widespread in the west.

In this meeting, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani noted that the Islamic regime is inspired by the guidelines and ways of Islam and has taken upon itself to be wanted by the people, in the same way that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) advised Imam Ali (AS) to "rule the people if they want you."

In response to the enquiry by the Slovenian President regarding future relations between Iran and United States, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani noted, “even after Islamic revolution, we did not completely sever our ties with the US and about 5 thousand American advisors, with their families and belongings, safely returned to their country from our airports.”

On the U.S. Embassy siege, the chairman of the Iranian Expediency Discernment Council stated that “after the revolution, several armed groups, such as Mujahedin who are still supported by certain western elements right now, cooperated with the U.S. Embassy in terrorist acts, and that was what made the revolutionary students so angry.”

Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani also referred to the failure of the US to keep its word and give modern military equipment to Iran when it had received money.

On the recent election of Donald Trump and the hard words of the president-elect during his campaign, Ayatollah Rafsanjani stated that as always, Iran will act with dignity, wisdom and the greater good, as it has done so in the face of unfair sanctions and the hostility of the US, and will continue to do so. He stated his certainty that the people of the US know what to do, but it is not hard to imagine difficult times for the US and Trump, as can be predicted from the recent protests and particularly those in California.

Slovenian president Borut Pahor stated that the country's embassy in Tehran will be reopened tomorrow, a sign that interest in ties with Iran is on the rise. He praised the Iranian government for its democratic approach to ruling and governance, and both parties expressed their hopes for further development of relations in the near future.

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