President Ebrahim Raeisi of Iran said Tehran seeks to cooperate with all nations but on the basis of mutual respect, preserving interests of all nations and without the influence of the hegemonic system.
President Raeisi made the remarks in a meeting on Sunday with new British Ambassador to Iran Simon Shercliff who submitted his credentials to the Iranian chief executive.
Noting that independence and freedom are the main slogans of the Iranian people, President Raeisi said that Iranians will never give in to the bullying powers and instead they react to bullies.
“Iran is truly an independent country and it is not just a claim,” President Raeisi said.
He further urged the Persian-speaking new British ambassador to explain true senses of the words independent and freedom to the British politicians “as the words are meant by the Iranian people.”
He further noted that mutual respect is the best way to interact with the Iranians, stressing that Western powers and the Europe, “relying on their experiences, have to look at Iran as an independent country.”
The new British ambassador, who replaced Rob Macaire, said he has a good knowledge of Iran and his objective is to improve Tehran-London relations with a positive and productive vision.
Noting that it is the second time that he has traveled to Iran in 20 years, Shercliff said he served as the second secretary of the British mission in Tehran from 2000 to 2003.