Iran knows no boundaries for international relations, urges EU not to sacrifice own interests for US policies
The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister says the Islamic Republic knows no restriction for interaction with other countries, calling on European states not to sacrifice the interests of their nations for the sake of US policies.
According to Press TV, Ali Bagheri Kani made the remarks in an interview with Hungarian media in the capital Budapest on Thursday on the first leg of his European tour.
“Iran does not place any restrictions on relations with other countries,” Bagheri Kani said. “But in a situation where the Europeans, despite having long-term contracts with the Iranian parties and only because of American pressure, have preferred the interests of the United States over the those of the European nations and sacrificed their own interests and severely reduced their economic relations with Iran, Iran will not stand idle and will pursue its interests in any possible way.”
The Europeans thought they had pressured Iran by cutting off oil imports from the country, the senior diplomat said, “But today, as the demand for Iran's oil exceeds its current production capacity, and the Europeans, due to the war in Europe and lack of energy sources, have to be looking for their energy supply through coal, it is possible that they have realized their strategic mistake in blindly complying with the US against the Iranian nation.”
Iran strengthens multilateralism by joining SCO, BRICS
Elsewhere in his interview, Bagheri Kani highlighted Iran’s membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the world's emerging economies, known as BRICS.
“The international community's need for Iran's regional and international strategic capacities is the reason for an agreement on Iran's joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS group,” the senior diplomat said, stressing that the Islamic Republic, as an important and influential country in the region, strives to use all available capacities to create and strengthen peace and stability in the region.
“The Islamic Republic believes that the main cause of instability in the world is unilateralism; therefore, in order to restore peace and stability in the world today, we need to abandon the policy of unilateralism and shift to multilateralism,” Bagheri Kani said.
“The Shanghai Organization and the BRICS group are important tools and mechanisms to meet this strategic need of the current world. Iran’s joining these two international groups can promote multilateralism,” he added.