Presidential hopeful Saeed Jalili said in his first campaign speech on Friday that he will continue “Iran’s foreign policy of seeking to extend the influence of Islam in the world.”
“Imam Khomeini’s discourse does not recognize any [super] power in the world,” he said.
Jalili who believes in reordering the administrative structure of the Islamic Republic based on the discourse of the Islamic Revolution, added “We would be unfortunate if we did not rely on Islamic thoughts.”
“Since the beginning of the 1979 Revolution, Iran’s enemies have tried to prevent the growth and formation of the Islamic revolution,” said the secretary of Iran’s National Security Council.
Wearing a Chafiye, the symbol of Palestinian solidarity and a sign of the Basiji forces (People’s ideological committees and militias) in Iran, Jalili said: “Where the Basiji way of thinking is in effect, Iran’s greedy enemies are incapable of penetration.”
Praising the discourse of the Basij he added, “Anyone who will be the president of this country should believe in this discourse and should implement the necessary programs to manifest the discourse.”
Jalili have chosen his campaign slogan as “We Are Standing: Resistance the key of Development”, which is another reference to his believe in resistance against the west and world powers. his supporters also point to his style of negotiating with world powers in the nuclear talks with the so-called group of P5+1 (US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) as a successful model of resistance for development.
Ali Bagheri, undersecretary of the Iran’s National Security Council who was chosen as the head of Jalili’s campaign also delivered a speech to the crowd of supporters of Iran’s top nuclear negotiator (Jalili) in a sport’s stadium in Tehran.
“A vote for Jalili is not a vote for an individual or an intelligent negotiator but is a vote to develop an Islamic Iran in this decade,” Bagheri said.
“If jalili becomes president, all of our enemies will be disappointed,” he said.
A number of political and cultural figures and MPs were present in this inauguration of Jalili’s campaign but the presence of Sayed Mohammad Hosseini, the minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration was interesting as president Ahmadinejad supports his top aide Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei who was disqualified to run for president by the Guardian Council.
Ahmadinejad later said he will ask the supreme leader, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei to reinstall Mashaei.