President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presents Supreme Leader

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with a report on the 'achievements' of

his government over the past eight years, at a ceremony on

Monday. It was the last meeting of Ahmadinejad's cabinet.



Leaders Hope Rohani Inaugural Brings Shift in United States (Kayhan, Iran)


According to this news item from Iran's state-run Kayhan, a slightly more conciliatory-sounding Supreme Leader Khamenei has again expressed doubts about America's trustworthiness, President Ahmadinejad is blaming Iran's poor economic performance on U.S.-led sanctions, and senior leaders all seem to hope that the inaugural of President-elect Hassan Rohani on August 4 will bring a change in how America and the West treat Iran.


July 31, 2013


Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei meets with the cabinet of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad one last time, July 29.


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TEHRAN: Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that without prohibiting talks with the U.S., he urges caution, describing the American government as untrustworthy.


America and Iran are deeply divided over Tehran's nuclear program, and the U.S. and West have imposed punishing sanctions to press Iran to stop enriching uranium.


"I said earlier this year that I'm not optimistic about talks with the U.S.," said the leader, "although in recent years, I did not prohibit dialogue on specific issues like Iraq. ... Americans are untrustworthy and illogical. They are not honest in their dealings," the leader told outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other senior government officials in Tehran. He also said that unless Iran determines the goals of its adversaries, it will suffer the consequences.


"We have always believed, and continue to believe, in interacting with the world. The most important point, however, is to understand the other party and determine its goals and tactics, because if we don't it will trip us up," Ayatollah Khamenei said.


"The art of interacting with the world is to continue on your path without other parties being able to stop you. If interacting with the world brings retreat from the path, that is a loss," the leader said.


President-elect Hassan Rohani, President Ahmadinejad, and Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, were among those present at the event, at which Ahmadinejad presented an outline of his government's eight-year performance, saying he considers himself indebted to the Islamic Revolution.


The president said a series of factors [negatively] impacted his government's performance, citing the global economic crisis, oil price declines and economic sanctions.


Touching on the global economic crisis that began in 2007, President Ahmadinejad said that Western countries tried to inject several trillion dollars to thwart the recession in their countries, shifting it to others.


"Of course, the Iranian nation has been under foreign pressure, especially by the U.S. government. Clearly, however, the scale and magnitude of the pressure over recent years has been unprecedented."


He said the Central Bank of Iran and other Iranian banks, its insurance industry, oil, petrochemical, energy and transportation sectors, precious metals, high-tech manufacturing, the technical and engineering services, are all subject to sanctions.


These factors have resulted at least a 50-percent reduction in oil sales and income, to say nothing of trade barriers and foreign exchange transfer constraints, he added.


President-elect Hassan Rohani, who won a landslide victory in the June 14 presidential election, will be sworn in on Aug. 4. Iran has sent invitations to world leaders to attend his inauguration. Rohani's election has revived hopes for easing tensions with the West as well as possible direct talks with the United States.


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On Monday [July 29], Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that once Rohani takes office early next month, Iran hopes the West shifts from confrontation to cooperation and interaction with the Islamic Republic.


In a meeting with Germany's new ambassador to Tehran, Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg, Salehi accepted his credentials and recognized that Germany is an “important and influential” state within Europe and the international community. He lauded good political relations with Germany, noting that there is enormous potential for the two sides to improve relations - particularly in the economic and trade sectors.

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“Iran has a looking forward to cooperation with Europe and particularly Germany on political, security, economic, trade and energy issues,” the Iranian foreign minister pointed out.


The German ambassador, for his part, noted Iran’s culture and history as well as its influence on regional and global stability and security. He expressed hope that after Rohani’s inauguration, Tehran and Berlin would expand relations, particularly in the economic and trade sectors


Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Hussein Naqavi-Husseini said a letter by 100 U.S. lawmakers sent to the White House calling for diplomacy with Iran was a “positive step,” but that Washington has to drop its hostility.


“We regard the action by U.S. lawmakers as a positive one, but believe that more such steps must be made before the U.S. wins the trust of the Iranian nation,” Naqavi-Husseini's spokesman said on Monday. Until Washington rethinks its hostile policies and takes “hundreds” of additional positive steps, he said Iran cannot consider talks with the U.S.  



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