Buhari Congratulates New Iranian President, Assures Closer Cooperation

A photo collage of President Muhammadu Buhari and President Ebrahim Raisi

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the newly elected President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi assuring the nation of closer cooperation.

The president in a statement signed on Monday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said the election of Raisi “once again reinforces the centrality of the will of the people to the success of democracy anywhere in the world.”

President Buhari said that “Raisi deserves his victory in the presidential election.”

The Nigerian leader explained that “democracy affords voters the opportunity to change or re-elect their representatives by peaceful means.”

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He described Raisi as “a consummate politician with experience to lead his country to greater heights and a better future.”

President Buhari urged Iranians “to brush political differences aside and support Raisi to succeed in efforts to help the country overcome its challenges, including the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and the crippling sanctions imposed on the country.”

While congratulating Raisi on his victory, President Buhari advised the President-elect “to unite the country for the sake of protecting the common interests of Iranians that transcend party lines.”

He prayed the God will guide and grant Raisi wisdom “in the discharge of the heavy responsibility your election entails.”

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Iran President Rejects Foreign Minister Zarif’s Resignation

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani  ATTA KENARE / AFP

 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s resignation on Wednesday, the government’s official website said.

“I believe your resignation is against the country’s interests and do not approve it,” Rouhani wrote in a letter to Zarif, the website said.

“I consider you, as put by the leader, to be ‘trustworthy, brave and pious’ and in the forefront of resistance against America’s all-out pressure,” he added. referring to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Zarif abruptly tendered his resignation on Instagram on Monday, seemingly over being left out of meetings with visiting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad earlier in the day, Iran’s Entekhab news agency reported.

Assad, a major recipient of Iranian aid during his country’s nearly eight-year civil war, met with both Khamenei and Rouhani on his rare foreign visit, but not with Zarif.

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Rouhani praised Zarif’s “relentless efforts and endeavours” in bearing the “heavy responsibility” of the foreign affairs portfolio.

He stressed that Zarif was the point man in the conduct of Iran’s foreign policy.

“As ordered several times, all bodies — including government or state bodies — must be in full coordination with this ministry with regards to foreign relations,” the president said in his letter.

Entekhab said it tried to reach Zarif after Assad’s visit and received the following message: “After the photos of today’s meetings, Javad Zarif no longer has any credibility in the world as the foreign minister!”

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Iran To Maintain Nuclear Deal Despite Trump’s Action

Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani giving a speech during a rally in the northwestern city of Sabzevar.  Iranian Presidency / AFP

 

Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, said Monday that his country would stay in the nuclear deal even if the United States pulls out, on the condition that the other parties remain.

“Either what we want from the nuclear deal is guaranteed by the non-American parties, or it is not the case and we will follow our own path,” Rouhani said on the presidency website, without elaborating.

US President Donald Trump is due to announce on Saturday whether the United States will remain in the 2015 deal that lifted international sanctions in exchange for curbs to Iran’s nuclear programme.

The other parties — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — have urged Trump to stay in the deal.

Rouhani said on Sunday that the United States would regret “like never before” pulling out of the deal, but has remained vague on how exactly Iran would respond.

On Monday, Rouhani said Iran had “thought of all the scenarios and have taken appropriate measures.

“The United States will be the principal loser in this affair,” said Rouhani.

Trump has demanded the Europeans find a way to “fix” the existing deal by putting new curbs on Iran’s missile programme and regional interventions, or he will reimpose nuclear-related sanctions at the next deadline for review on May 12.

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Iran: Rouhani To Abide By Nuclear Deal

iranIran President, Hassan Rouhani, has vowed to abide by the terms of the preliminary nuclear agreement it signed with six world powers, if they do same.

Hassan Rouhani said, “The world must know that we do not intend to cheat.”

The Iranian leader warned that Iran would have other options, if world powers “one day decide to follow a different path”.

The framework deal signed on Thursday was to see Iran curb nuclear activities in return for relief from sanctions.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, warned that the deal posed a grave danger to the region, his own country in particular.

Mr Netanyahu said that any compressive accord due before June 30 had to include a “clear and unambiguous Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist”.

“Israel will not accept an agreement which allows a country that vows to annihilate us to develop nuclear weapons,” Mr Netanyahu asserted.

French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, said, “We are not completely at the end of the road and the end of the road should be in June, adding that nothing is signed until everything is signed, but things are going in the right direction.”

US President, Barack Obama, also said that the framework agreement would make the world a safer place, as it would “cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon”.