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Jalali advises western countries to appreciate Iranian goodwill

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 26, IRNA -- Rapporteur of Majlis Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy, Kazem Jalali, said on Wednesday that the Western governments should appreciate Iranian goodwill on fuel swap.

Speaking with IRNA, he said that the western governments should understand that the doors to negotiations will not be open forever if they fail to appreciate Iranian goodwill.

The Tehran Declaration has brought a golden opportunity for developing cooperation between Iran and the Vienna Group, he pointed out.

Russia made mistake consistent with Tehran Declaration and it will not benefit from the current stand-off.

He said that Russia has acted contrary to Iranian good neighborly and friendly spirit, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran always wished Russia to play major role in regional and global developments.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is against US unilateralism, he said citing Washington's mentality that active presence of other powers will be detrimental to peace and security of the international community.

"Russia should not sacrifice its long-term interests to transient interests offered by Washington."

President Ahmadinejad on Wednesday criticized Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for pessimistic statement ahead of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil's visit to Tehran to mediate between Iran and the Vienna Group -- The U.S., France, and Russia -- on fuel swap.

Respecting the rights and national sovereignty is the least expectation of every neighboring state from each other, he said.

“I hope the Russian president will hear me. It is difficult for us to explain the behavior of the Russian leaders to Iranian nation, as our nation doubts that whether Russia is its friend or is looking for something else,” he said.

“If I were the Russian president, I would be cautious in dealing with the great nation of Iran.”

Russian behavior is not acceptable and I hope the Russian leaders to review the situation and correct their mistakes, President Ahmadinejad made the remarks in his speech to people in Kerman.

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