Iran at height of power today: Velayati
Press TV -(Thu Mar 28, 2013) A senior Iranian official says the Islamic Republic has never been as powerful as today despite the sensitive situation in the Middle East and across the world, urging enhanced national cooperation to maintain Iran’s clout.
“No country in the region has the current power of Iran, but the maintenance of this might requires the participation and cooperation of the people,” Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday.
He emphasized that the country’s political future should be determined through collective wisdom and rationality.
The Iranian official added that economic perseverance and resistance are key to resolving the ongoing economic problems in the country.
IRNA -(Thu Mar 28, 2013) Velayati: Iran never been at peak of power as it is today
Supreme Leaderˈs Consultant in International Affairs Ali-Akbar Velayati said here Wednesday current conditions in world, Middle East, and our country are particular, but by grace of God, Iran has never been at such peak of power as it is today.
According to an IRNA correspondent in Shiraz, Dr. Velayati who was speaking Wednesday night at gathering of Fars province moving tribes and their elderly folks, added, ˈWhile our country is a in a strong and mighty position in the world, we have before us the greatest and most political event, which is the elections.ˈ
He added, ˈNo country in the region has the current power of Iran, but maintaining this strength is in need of public participation and cooperation, and the political future of the country need to be drafted based on public and collective wisdom.ˈ
Velayati confirmed that there are certain living and economic hardships in the country, arguing, ˈElimination of these problems is not possible, unless we would rely on collective wisdom of our nation, adopt proper economic plans based on very hard and Jihadi work, and live up to our economic resistance plans.ˈ
Velayati said that the acceptance of the 598 UN Resolution at the end of the Iraqi imposed war, too, was the result of his role at the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the time as the foreign minister, claiming, ˈIn order to accept that resolution and abide by it we had worked for two whole years and as you noticed, we did not permit even an inch of our Islamic land to be detached from Iran.ˈ
At the gathering a number of tribal heads asked Velayati their questions and he replied to them.
United Nations Security Council resolution 598 S/RES/0598 (1987), adopted unanimously on 20 July 1987, after reaffirming Resolution 582 (1986), the Council expressed its concern that, despite its calls for a ceasefire, the conflict between Iran and Iraq continued with heavy loss of life and material destruction. Deploring the initiation and continuation of the conflict, the resolution deplored also the bombing of purely civilian population centers, and attacks on neutral shipping or civilian aircraft. The resolution referred to the violation of international humanitarian law and other laws of armed conflict, and, in particular, the use of chemical weapons by Iraq contrary to Iraqˈs obligations under the 1925 Geneva Protocol. The UNSC noted that it was deeply concerned that further escalation and widening of the conflict may take place and that it was determined to bring to an end all military actions between Iran and Iraq. It said that the UNSC was convinced that a comprehensive, just, honorable and durable settlement should be achieved between Iran and Iraq. Recalling the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and in particular the obligation of all member states to settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered. It added that the UNSC was determining that there exists a breach of the peace as regards the conflict between Iran and Iraq.
Velayati is among the hopefuls of the 2013 IRI Presidential Election and his talks at this time, like the talks of the other hopefuls, are condsidered as a part of their election campaign.
Fars NA -(Thu Mar 28, 2013) Leader’s Adviser Calls for Massive Turnout in Upcoming Presidential Election
Supreme Leader’s Advisor for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati called for the maximum participation of the Iranian people in the upcoming presidential voting in June, saying that massive public turnout will further strengthen Iran’s current status as the first regional power in the Middle East.
“While our country is a in a strong and mighty position in the world, we have before us the greatest and most political event, which is the elections,” Velayati told the Islamic republic news agency in the Southern Iranian city of Shiraz on Wednesday.
“No country in the region has the current power of Iran, but maintaining this strength is in need of public participation and cooperation, and the political future of the country need to be drafted based on public and collective wisdom,” he added.
Velayati’s remarks came after Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei laid emphasis on the crucial importance of political and economic developments in the Persian New Year, and said the Iranian people will display an epic presence in both fields this year.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a televised address earlier this month while extending his congratulatory message in the early minutes of the Persian calendar year of 1392 (March 21, 2013 – March 20, 2014).
Ayatollah Khamenei further called for the Iranian nation’s enthusiastic and energetic participation in the country’s political and economic affairs in the New Year.
The Leader pointed to the upcoming political events in the country, the June presidential election in particular, and said, “We name the year 1392 as the Year of Political Epic and Economic Epic and hope that, God willing, economic epic and political epic will be materialized by our dear people and the country’s devoted authorities this year.”