The political future is not bright for Saeed Jalili — current lead nuclear negotiator, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, and candidate in this month’s Presidential election.
Jalili started strongly in the campaign but faded in the days before voting and finished third. Meanwhile, he clashed not only with the victor Hassan Rouhani — his predecessor at the Council and in nuclear talks — but also with Ali Akbar Velayati, the Supreme Leader’s key advisor on foreign policy. Velayati bluntly told Jalili that his poor diplomacy and negotiating style had been costly to Iran’s position and reputation.
Now, Jalili — facing dismissal from his posts and the political wilderness — is trying to claw back some credibility with comments on the Syria crisis.
Jalili, in a meeting with the Lebanese Foreign Minister on Sunday, warned that the decision by some Western and Arab states to provide military support to the Syrian opposition is a “threat to the security of all world states”.
The effort may not be enough: Jalili is expected to return to Imam Sadegh University, where he earned his Ph.D. after Rouhani is formally sworn into office in August.
Regional Results of Presidential Election Finally Announced
Ten days after the Presidential election, Khabar Online posts region-by-region results of the vote.
A visual representation indicates that the runner-up, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, came closest to challenging Hassan Rouhani’s majority in the northeast around Mashhad.
However, the biggest revelation may be that the only three provinces in which Rouhani was second were claimed not by Qalibaf, but by the former Revolutionary Guards commander Mohsen Rezaei, who led in Khuzestan and two adjacent areas in western Iran.
Rouhani Speaks with Lebanon President, But What Was Said?
Amid the Syrian conflict and escalating tension in Lebanon, President-elect Rouhani spoke with Lebanese President Michel Sleiman on Sunday.
State media gives no details of the conversation, however, beyond Rouhani’s ritual denunciation of foreign intervention in Syria and Sleiman’s congratulations to Rouhani for last week’s electoral victory.
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