TEHRAN (Iran News) – Government Spokesman Ali Rabiee said on Tuesday that the 13th Presidential election in Iran which was held energetic with people’s participation conveyed a very important message of a “Big No” to those behind the sanctions against the Iranian nation and those who had called the nation to boycott the election.
Speaking at his weekly presser and congratulating Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi, the spokesman said that the energetic presidential election held in Iran had one important message, which is “No” to those behind the sanctions, including those who were supporting U.S. maximum pressure.
He also condemned U.S. State Department Spokesman Ned Price’s interventionist comments about the recent presidential election in Iran, saying the U.S., with its flawed democracy, is in no position to comment about polls in other countries.
Rabiee rejected the comments made by Price, who said on Monday that the U.S. views the process that made Ebrahim Raisi Iran’s president-elect as “pretty manufactured.”
“We have been hearing such comments for years. These remarks are an example of interference in the internal affairs of Iran. We condemn them,” the Iranian spokesman said.
Rabiee added that the U.S. government is in no position to comment about the process of elections in Iran.
“Despite the flashy show of democracy in the U.S., everybody is aware today how defective and corrupt their (American) claimed democracy is,” he stated.
On the latest developments in the Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, Rabiee said the whole process of advancing an agreement has been carried out.
“What remains is all about the political issues,” the spokesman added, expressing hope that the JCPOA negotiations will yield results during the tenure of outgoing President Hassan Rouhani.
“Our republic has been preserved for many years along with the existing historical turmoil,” the spokesman said. “The achievement of the Constitutionalism has been rediscovered to this day, that is, the ballot boxes. In addition, in this election period, the observance of dissent and tolerance was significant both among the candidates’ supporters and among the candidates,” the spokesman added.
He stated: “One of the examples of moral confrontation with the election campaign was the behavior of those candidates who came to the scene to participate in this campaign but did not get the opportunity and withdrew with dignity and decency. Therefore, it can be said that ethics decency were also eye-catching among the candidates and their supporters.”
Iran’s government spokesman congratulated the birthday anniversary of Imam Reza (PBUH), who is the eighth Shia Imam, saying that paying respect to him is part of Iranian nations’ identity.
Ali Rabiee added: “One of the harms in some past periods was the lack of continuity of the legacy of previous governments.”
Iran’s government spokesman also highlighted that every government certainly has positive and negative effects on its record. “Still, it also has valuable experiences that the twelfth government will transfer to the government of Mr Raisi.”
He explained further that this issue was discussed in two cabinet meetings and the meeting of the government’s economic coordination headquarters, and the government will transfer this experience in regular programs.
“Every government is a link in the chain of a political system, and we need a political system that goes hand in hand to ensure the society’s growth and keep this chain immune from breaking,” he said.
Referring to the current government’s efforts in combating COVID-19 and sanctions, Rabiee called the consensus of the elites a principle for overcoming difficult conditions.
He said: “However, the effects of sanctions on Iran remain for years and overcoming these difficult conditions and overcoming structural effects and socializing and tackling the combined problems of sanctions and COVID-19 requires the help and cooperation of all branches of powers and institutions, and this is an inevitable necessity.”