Monday, June 13, 2005

FM Spokesman Asefi warns U.S. to speak with caution on Iran's elections

Tehran Times:
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi stressed on Sunday that the U.S. officials should better speak with caution on the upcoming presidential election in Iran.

Speaking to reporters he said: “It seems the U.S. officials have become fortunetellers,” adding they have made such remarks to decrease a massive turnout in the June 17 elections while people are showing enthusiasm to participate in the poll. READ MORE

The Americans speak with a grudge and ignore the realities of the Islamic Republic, Asefi said, adding every country has its own strategies for selecting the candidates.

In response to a question on paving the grounds for Iranian nationals outside the country to take part in the election, he stated that polling will be held in a number of French cities as well as in some countries including the United States, Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

The spokesman expressed hope Iranians living abroad would massively participate in the presidential election.

Asked about meetings of certain ambassadors of European states in Iran with Mostafa Moin, a presidential candidate, Asefi said the envoys called on Iran's Foreign Ministry to hold meetings with all eight candidates of the 9th presidential elections. ...