0421 GMT August 04, 2021
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday called on Iranians to show up at polling booths in the June 18 presidential election to “keep windows of light and hope open”.
“Friday is the day through the ballot box we can keep windows of light and hope open for our future and our children,” Zarif wrote on his Instagram page which he usually uses to address domestic issues.
Zarif apologized for the “hardships” and “shortcomings” the Iranian nation experienced under the government of term-limited President Hassan Rouhani but warned that “staying away from the ballot box is not definitely the solution”.
He said that “smart and massive participation” in the upcoming vote will “safeguard national interests globally” and will serve as Iran’s “mainstay for constructive international interaction”.
The top diplomat noted that a high turnout will not only accelerate the removal of US sanctions on Iran, but also will thwart possible future sanctions.
“People’s participation… will break the foundation of the economic war against the brave nation of Iran,” Zarif said, referring to the sanctions imposed on Iran after the United States, under former president Donald Trump, walked out of the 2015 nuclear deal three years ago.