Velayati Decries French Interference in Iran Affairs
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Top Iranian official Ali Akbar Velayati denounced the president of France for his recent remarks against Iran, stressing that such acts of interference would discredit the French government in the eyes of Iranians.
It is not in the interests of President Emmanuel Macron and the French government to interfere in issues pertaining to Iran’s missile program and strategic affairs, about which the Islamic Republic is very sensitive, the senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said in an interview with IRIB.
He also warned that such acts of meddling would only undermine France’s credibility in the eyes of Iran, stressing that Tehran will never ask for permission from anyone to enhance its missile program.
“As an Iranian person familiar with the foreign policy issues and the French history, I recommend the president of that country (France) to try to follow General de Gaulle’s path during his term for foreign policy,” Velayati added.
His comments came after Macron urged firmness with Iran regarding its missile program and influence in the Middle East, in an interview with the United Arab Emirates-based al-Ittihad newspaper.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has already rejected Macron’s comments, calling on Paris not to fall under the influence of the wrong anti-Iran claims and to convince its Persian Gulf allies to adopt rational and non-emotional policies.