Zarif addressed the gathering of MP-elects from all factions

Zarif: Supreme Leader plays pivotal role in foreign policy

Tehran, May 7, IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said here on Saturday that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei plays a pivotal role in shaping Iran’s foreign policy.

Zarif made the remarks in a gathering attended by newly elected representatives for the 10th parliament in Iran.

‘Foreign policy is an extra-factional and national issue,’ he said, adding that Iran’s foreign policy is based on the need for constructive interaction with the world.

‘The principle is to compile Iran’s foreign policy for expediting national interests and Islamic Republic’s goals,’ he said.

‘We are obliged to obey the Supreme Leader’s guidelines in foreign policy,’ Zarif said.

‘As long as I’m foreign minister, I would obey the Supreme Leader’s guidelines regarding Iran’s foreign policy,’ he added.

Praising the 9th Majlis prominent role in Iran’s foreign policy, Zarif said conducting the country’s foreign policy is in dire need of empathy and consultation between all branches of the Government.

Pointing to the newly elected representatives for the 10th parliament, he urged them to help him carry out the country foreign policy.

He also assured the new parliamentarians that he would consult with them in all aspects of the country’s foreign policy.