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Iranian President: US Claims to Promote Democracy Are ‘Fake’

© Sputnik / Sergei Savostyanov / Go to the mediabankIranian President Ebrahim Raisi
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.05.2023
The Iranian leader’s fierce criticisms of the US government came during a speech given in Jakarta, where he came to sign a number of deals meant to boost trade relations between Tehran and Indonesia.
Claims by the US government that it pursues the promotion of democracy abroad are simply “fake,” Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said Tuesday.
"The United States and [some] Western countries are not after democracy, but domination and plundering of other countries' wealth," Raisi said during an official visit to Indonesia, according to Iranian media.
“With the rise of emerging powers, the era of US domination has come to an end, said Iran's chief executive,” media summarized.
Raisi pointed out that if Western powers are really after democracy and self-determination, they can start by guaranteeing Palestinians the right to choose their own destiny.

“Let the Yemeni and Afghan people decide for themselves,” he concluded, asking: “Why are you interfering in their affairs?”

The statements, delivered during a speech urging unity among Muslims at an Islamic center in Jakarta, came as Raisi seeks to bolster bilateral relations on his first official trip to Indonesia.
During a meeting with Indonesian House Speaker Puan Maharani, Raisi said the “expansion of ties between the Islamic Republic and Indonesia holds great promise for the progress of the two nations, the region, and the broader Muslim community,” state media reported.
“Despite the unjust threats and sanctions, the Islamic Republic of Iran has made significant progress and has achieved capabilities that have created good opportunities for the development of bilateral relations,” Raisi is quoted as saying.

On Tuesday, the two countries’ presidents and high-ranking officials met to sign off on 11 cooperation agreements.

The deals relate to “preferential trade, visa waivers, cultural exchanges, cooperation on supervising the production of pharmaceutical products, collaborations in scientific, technological, and innovative arenas, and bilateral cooperation in oil and gas sectors,” media indicated.

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