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Presidential candidate: Future governments to respect nuclear deal

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 6, IRNA -- Presidential hopeful Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said during the presidential debate on Friday that future governments in Iran are expected to respect the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.

The P5+1 group of nations should also abide by the international deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Qalibaf said.

"The JCPOA is respected by all governments and the other parties should also respect it," he said.

"We need to fully safeguard our JCPOA rights," the presidential candidate said.

Qalibaf went on to say that he feels the need for more participation of people in government.

"We need to capitalize on the young women and men in accordance to a system of meritocracy," he said.

"We need to decentralize power to allow people from different ethnicities, inclinations and tastes to have a say in making decisions," he added.

Qalibaf also offered his ideas on foreign diplomacy, adding describing ties with other nations as inevitable.

Promoting negotiations and dialogues with other nations and governments is inevitable, he said.

The presidential hopeful also put an emphasis on creating coherence in Iran's trade engagements with the world.

"We have worked out a plan to establish a "Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade" with the priority given to the neighboring countries, he said, adding that Iran should exploit the regional markets.

Iran has access to a market with a population of 400 million in the region, he said.

Qalibaf went on to express his comments on the defensive power of the country, saying that, "Without scientific growth in the field of defense and without our martyrs, we would never have the opportunity to hold negotiations and exercise diplomacy."

"We appreciate peace; we have lost a lot in the war… But don't try to unnerve people with war…. And we know if we are not powerful, we'll lose our honor," he said.

Regarding cultural issues, Qalibaf said, "Culture is not a high-handed authoritative field. People should be in charge of their own culture."

The upcoming presidential elections will be held in Iran on May 19 with 6 candidates vying for the office of presidency.

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