Velayati vows to improve Iran’s international ties

Presidential hopeful Ali-Akbar Velayati has pledged to improve Iran’s relations with other countries should he win the June 14 presidential election.

Velayati, a former Foreign Minister, said he would try to expand bilateral and international relations with other countries, noting that he would not let Iran be driven into isolation.

Currently a top advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Velayati said any next administration would need to bring change to the country’s domestic and foreign policies in response to the nation’s demands.

He reiterated that any direct negotiations with the United States would be based on the guidelines outlined by Ayatollah Khamenei.

Velayati belongs to the Principlist Coalition of Three which also includes Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf and lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel.

The official registration of hopefuls for Iran’s 11th presidential election begins on May 7 and ends on May 11.

The Iranian Constitution stipulates that presidential candidates must be religious or political figures, be Iranian in origin, have Iranian citizenship, have resourcefulness and managerial skills, have no criminal record, be trustworthy and pious, and have firm belief in the fundamental principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the country’s official religion.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election, and the Guardian Council vets candidates for qualifications.

By Press TV


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