An Iranian legislator says the participation of high-ranking foreign delegations from over 100 countries in Iran President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony revealed Tehran’s diplomatic power.
Morteza Saffari Harandi, who sits on the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, says foreign dignitaries took part in the oath-taking ceremony of President Hassan Rouhani at a very high level.
“The most unprecedented presidential swearing-in ceremony at the highest diplomatic level, not only in the Middle East but in the whole world, was held on August 5 at the Iranian Parliament in Tehran,” he said.
He said President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony turned into a show of Iran’s diplomatic prowess at a time when certain countries seek to promote Iranophobia by spending millions of dollars.
He highlighted that representatives from international organizations were also present in the ceremony along with diplomatic delegations from different countries.
The lawmaker then touched upon the nuclear deal signed between Tehran and six world powers known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“The signature of the JCPOA was an event which torpedoed Washington’s Iranophobia campaign, but [US President Donald] Trump seeks to challenge this diplomatic success by violating the spirit of the JCPOA,” he said.
He said at a time when Washington is breaching the JCPOA, the presence of diplomatic delegations in Tehran shows world countries are lining up against the US in support of the JCPOA.
He said Iran has secured a special status in international relations while Trump’s regional friends have got nowhere even after the high-profile Riyadh meeting.