by WorldTribune Staff, March 11, 2018
Iran will not ask for permission from the Trump administration to remain active in the Middle East, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.
“We will negotiate with America when we want to be present in America,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by his official website on March 8.
Khamenei described the presence of U.S. military forces in various regions of the world as “malicious and seditious.”
Days after French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian raised Iran’s role in regional conflicts during a visit to Iran, Khamenei said that “European countries come [to Teheran] and say we want to negotiate with Iran over its presence in the region. It is none of your business. It is our region. Why are you here?”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on March 7 that Iran’s military poses no threat to any country in the Mideast.
“Our weapons are meant to promote peace, strengthen stability and security, and to prevent others from invading our country. No one should be concerned about Iran’s weapons and missiles,” Rouhani said.
Meanwhile, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency that Iran is prepared to offer “military advisory and security” assistance to Afghanistan in that country’s fight against “terrorism.”