Tehran, YJC. The 3rd round of debates was held between the 8 presidential candidates on Friday, with main points as the following.
Nearly all 8 participants believed that to cope with foreign threats, the government must improve domestic policy, economy, and international relations.
• Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Mohammad Qarazi, and Mohsen Rezaei considered of top priority the development of domestic policy and the importance of production in order to initiate international relations. Other candidates also mentioned the point in the sidelines.
• In the meantime, Aliakbar Velayati who used to be the Foreign Minister for 16 years believed that current domestic problems are a result of poor foreign policy.
• Some candidates such as Velayati and Rohani, the former Iranian negotiator with the Six Powers, believed current nuclear talks, headed by another candidate Said Jalili, of numerous weak points.
• On the other hand Jalili stated that previous nuclear negotiations headed by Hassan Rohani have been ineffective and added up only to a number of advantages given to the EU and US.
• Jalili also directed criticism at Aliakbar Velayati’s foreign policy during his office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and asserted that the former FM must assume responsibility for resolutions and acts issued against Iran during his incumbency, including the Iran Foreign Oil Sanctions Act.
• Qalibaf in his turn blasted Velayati on his comments regarding Resolution 598, saying that the former FM had neglected the role of all those who fought in the front to turn the resolution in the favor of the country.
• Qalibaf was accompanied by Jalili in criticizing Velayati on Resolution 598. He believed that the generally poor conditions of Iraq and its seclusion from the international community after its invasion of Kuwait forced the country to give way to the resolution.
• Mohammadreza Aref in his turn criticized the pressure exerted on the Reform Movement by the Principalist wing.
* Hossein Amiri