President Ebrahim Raeisi says Iran has pinned no hope on the West, adding it relies solely on the Iranian people to achieve political and economic independence.
In an address to a rally marking the 43rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran Friday, Raeisi said his administration's foreign policy is based on balance, implicitly criticizing look West policies in the past that have "made the country unbalanced".
"We must pay special attention to all countries, especially our neighbors. But we have hope in God and the people, and we never have hope in Vienna and New York," he said.
President Raeisi has repeatedly said that his administration is committed to the talks currently underway in Vienna to revive a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, but stressed that it will not leave the country and its economy at the mercy of their results.
The president on Friday said he sees a bright future for Iran, citing the country's enormous capacities especially its young human resources.
"We are very hopeful for the future. This hope is not in the slogan and we are becoming more hopeful with each passing day. I also told the Leadership [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei]; I see the capacities. The determined young forces and the intellectuals that I see, I become more hopeful for the future," he said. "The future is very bright and promising."
He asserted that Iran neither accepts to be dominated nor does it want to dominate other nations.
“We neither accept being dominated and giving up our independence nor are we after oppressing anyone,” Raeisi said in an address during Friday Prayers in the Grand Mosalla mosque of Tehran.
He hailed the Islamic Revolution as a symbol of “divine power” that mesmerized the world.
“Everyone was then wondering how a nation, by relying on God, can overthrow a government backed by the great powers and voluntarily establish a government in the name of religion and divine values,” he added.
Raeisi’s remarks came as Iranians from all walks of life took to the streets across the country to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which overthrew the former US-backed Pahlavi regime in 1979.
According to Raeisi, the same slogans that were chanted by people in 1979 protests should be used today as well.
Back then the slogan “Neither East nor West, the Islamic Republic is the best” was chanted. “Today, the same slogan must resonate as well,” he said.
He noted that Iran has always managed to protect its political independence and that the Islamic republic plays a decisive role in the region.
The Iranian president also laid emphasis on the justice-seeking and corruption and oppression fighting nature of the Islamic Republic.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Raeisi made clear that disregarding the people equals disregarding the Islamic Revolution, adding the people are closely connected to the Revolution.
“All different tastes, away from differences, should not allow unity to be damaged,” he noted.
'High hopes for Islamic Revolution'
Raeisi also said that the ideals of our revolution are universal, noting that, “Today, not only the great nation of Iran, but also the nations of the world have high hopes in this Revolution, and what everyone wants today is that the revolutionary nature of this establishment should be maintained."
The glorious Islamic Revolution, he said, does not digest corruption and oppression.
“It is like a person who eats poisonous food and his [digestive system] does not accept poison. In the same way, the Islamic Revolution cannot accept oppression and corruption.”
In contrast, Raeisi continued, the oppressive Shah regime did not have a shred of independence and was a dictatorship brimming with corruption and oppression.
“The Islamic Revolution came around to overthrow this corrupt regime, which was backed by the hegemonic powers, and to establish a system based on religion and what the people have repeatedly shouted: ‘Independence, Freedom, the Islamic Republic,’” he added.