Presidential hopeful Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf says inflammatory rhetoric will not be on his foreign policy agenda if he wins the election.
Qalibaf, who is the current mayor of Tehran, said Wednesday that fiery rhetoric and a confrontational approach in foreign policy will do more harm than good.
He further criticized blaming all the country’s problems on the US-led sanctions against Iran, saying that some of these issues are due to mismanagement.
Tehran mayor added that the Islamic Republic has managed to support the Palestinian cause for 30 years without instigating charges of anti-Semitism, thanks to the foresight of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini.
Qalibaf is a member of the principlist Coalition of Three, along with former foreign minister Ali-Akbar Velayati, who currently advises Leader of the Islamic Revolution Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, and Iranian lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel.
The coalition is to pick one of its members with the highest approval rating as the nominee to succeed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Iran’s 11th presidential election will be held on June 14. Presidential hopefuls can register from May 7 to 11.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election and candidates must be vetted for qualifications by the Guardian Council.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Using the unfounded allegation as a pretext, the US and its European allies have imposed several rounds of unilateral sanctions against Iran.
Iran rejects the allegation, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.