Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has taken his oath for a second term after weeks of unrest following the elections. In his speech after being sworn in, he criticised foreign powers who have cast doubt over the validity of the elections. He said Iran would resist these countries. Referring to countries that have decided not to send letters of congratulation to the President, he said, “We heard that some of the Western leaders had decided to recognise but not congratulate the new government… Well, no-one in Iran is waiting for your messages.”
President Ahmadinejad also said his new administration would continue an active foreign policy, arguing that the people of Iran want constructive dialogue. However, he also said Iran will not tolerate “disrespect, interference and insults.”
This is a transcript some of his address:
On international level we should play an active
role. Some governments should feel responsible for their
words and deeds. Interferences, occupations, cultural and
economic disturbances, environmental disturbances that arise
from their policies, they need to be corrected and they need
to be accountable for this. The people of Iran are for
constructive dialogue and logic. The pillar of our foreign
policy is constructive and wide-scale interaction with all
people and nations, independent states based on justice,
mutual respect and friendship. However, we will resist
violation of law, interference, abuse of international
mechanisms and discrimination. We will not remain silent. We
want equal and friendly relations. But disrespect,
interference and insults, we will not tolerate this.
After the post-election protests, controversy surrounding the lack of support from former supporters, and international condemnation, is President Ahmadinejad right to be suspicious of other foreign powers?
Does it work both ways? France, Germany, Britain and the US have refused to send letters of congratulation to Iran, is it their right to be suspicious of a foreign power that has flouted international law?