Velayati stresses Iran’s role in region, world

Presidential candidate Ali Akbar Velayati has emphasized on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s important role in global and regional affairs.

In a televised interview on Sunday, the former foreign minister said he would use all his experience as the country’s top diplomat to improve relations with the world.

“Iran is a very special country. It has a very special geopolitical role in the region. Everybody knows this. We have fifteen neighbors and we are the most important player in the region. Today no regional issue can be dealt with without Iran’s engagement,” Velayati said.

The principlist candidate added that he has a comprehensive plan for resolving Iran’s nuclear issue.

In Iran’s June 14 presidential election, Velayati will be competing against Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, Hassan Rohani, who is the director of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council, MP Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei, former First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Aref, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

Iranians will cast their ballots at over 66,000 polling stations across the country in the nation’s 11th presidential election. Expatriates will also be able to vote at 285 polling stations that will be set up in foreign countries.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.

By Press TV


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