Salehi also pointed to issues related to the US and the country’s status in Iran’s foreign policy and added "It is the same with regard to the US. Can anybody at all do or say something without the Leader’s opinion?”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs who was speaking in a session held to honor journalists on the occasion of the Journalists’ Day further stated "When I was made minister I said good of the predecessors. When they arrested Mr. Mousavi and accused him of espionage I declared that I did not see him as a spy. Also, when recently they arrested Mr. Baqer Asadi I said there had been a misunderstanding. I defended Messrs. Khatami and Hashemi in the same fashion.”
"We must not slander our elders. Some countries that lack national figures adopt foreign figures, while we sometimes repel or even bury our elders,” Salehi added.