Mohammadbaqer Qalibaf appeared on the national TV on Saturday evening to answer Iranians living abroad.
Qalibaf said that what happens inside the country regarding sanctions is different from abroad, adding "The sanctions are of little effect inside the country. Their effect is less than what we suffer for managerial incompetence. The world is so big and has so many economic opportunities that the US cannot mobilize it with a one-sided series of sanctions.”
He added "Of course things are different outside the country for the unjust and illogical attitude that some countries have towards Iranians. Our people have to face much inconvenience opening a bank account with the least amount of money.”
Providing comments on his programs in foreign policy, he said "Something that must be kept in mind is that based on the constitution and the Islamic system the President cannot have the final decision on foreign policy. Foreign policy is different from diplomacy. It is a collection of roles played among others by other branches and the Leader. Therefore, foreign policy does not change when the President is changed, and that is something that does not belong solely to Iran.”
Qalibaf further said "Relations are important today. Although we will not overlook it, the US is not the whole world. We can create opportunities in relation with other countries. We must prioritize public and economic diplomacy. We must avoid adventurism and taxing the country excessively.”
He stressed the value of the nuclear energy as the country’s incontrovertible right. Qalibaf stated that there is a political nature to the nuclear case, believing that the negotiations must be continued with more haste.
He added "We must make a clear understanding of foreign affairs. Some issues are not solved at the desk, but must be resolved in lobbies, so that we would be able to get what we want at the desk.”