Iran’s relations with India have “much more potential” than China (ex-president Ahmadinejad)
Iran’s relations with India have “much more potential” than China, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday, saying Tehran and New Delhi should do their best to make sure they use the maximum available capacity.
Ahmadinejad, who was Iran’s president for two successive terms from 2005 to 2013, also said there had been a lot of debate in Iran over the recently signed 25-year cooperation agreement with China.
“The potential for cooperation between Iran and India is much more than the capacity between Iran and China,” Ahmadinejad said, quoted by WION news channel.
In March, Iran and China signed a deal worth $ 400 billion, setting the roadmap for future bilateral relations for the next 25 years. Outgoing Iranian President Hassan Rouhani welcomed the agreement signed under his administration, saying that cooperation between the two countries is very important for the implementation of the nuclear deal and the fulfillment of the obligations of European countries.
“ In Iran, there has been a lot of debate about this country (China), it is ongoing … Regarding the agreement with China, no clear information has been published in Iran, it is why Iranians look at him with doubt, ” Ahmadinejad told the channel.
“The volume of communications that we (Iran and India) have today at our capacity and commonality is extremely low … as a fundamental strategy, we have to do our best to make sure we use it. the maximum capacity available, “he said. .
During his presidency, Ahmadinejad visited India in 2008 and also hosted the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran in 2012, which was attended by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Ahmadinejad also criticized the US decision to withdraw its troops from war-torn Afghanistan.
As part of a deal with the Taliban, the United States and its NATO allies agreed to withdraw all of their troops in exchange for the militants’ pledge to prevent extremist groups from operating in areas that they ‘they control. US President Joe Biden has announced that US troops will leave the country by August 31.
Ahmadinejad said he believed that “the Americans have practically not left the region and in fact they have devised new plots and they are supporting the Taliban.” the neighbors are ”.
He criticized Pakistan’s involvement in Afghanistan, saying ‘Anyone in any part of the world who sees himself as the basis and symbol of a religion and tries to impose his will by arms and arms is going to be a serious threat and danger to all nations and countries … anyone who supports the Taliban should know that if the Taliban settle in and take power, they will soon revolt against themselves and endanger Security. this year’s election by Iran’s powerful Guardian Council. He had previously refused to vote in the 2021 presidential election. Speaking about Iran’s current leadership, he said President-elect Ebrahim Raisi faces the challenge of “restoring national confidence”.
Raisi, a hard-line supporter and known to be close to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, won the June presidential election by a landslide.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar will likely represent India at Raisi’s swearing-in ceremony in Tehran on August 5, people familiar with the development said on Monday.
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