Re-establishing Relations between Iran and the USA Depends on Parliament’s Will: Iranian Politician
Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend D.Khatinoglu / Despite the policy of the current government, the Iranian people are willing to re-establish the relations with the USA. "To realize this goal, during the parliamentary elections, the population will vote for the candidates who support re-establishing relations between Iran and the USA," Iranian politician, Isa Sarharkhiz, said.
On the eve of the parliamentary elections fixed for February, the representatives of the government and opposition of Iran make various proposals of re-establishing the political relations between Washington and Tehran. However, Iran's religious leader, Ali Xamenei, stated that re-establishing the bilateral diplomatic relations are not in favor of Iran yet. Xamenei said that only he will determine when these relations should be re-established.
Re-establishing the bilateral diplomatic relations depends on the will of the Parliament, Sarharkhiz reported to Trend on 7 January by telephone from Tehran. "Promises to re-establish the discussions at the presidential level are absurd because Xamenei said in his recent statement that the relations between the two countries will not be re-established without his consent. It means that the populist promises of the Iranian President in this regard are absurd. Re-establishing the bilateral diplomatic relations is in disposal of the Parliament, and even the religious leader can not protest against Parliament's decision," he said.
According to the Iranian politician, reformist and democratic forces use this idea as a slogan when people demand it.
Other reformist politician in Iran, Behzad Abdi, stated that it is impossible to make accurate forecasts if the reformist candidates will make up majority in the parliamentary elections and will support re-establishing the bilateral diplomatic relations between the USA and Iran. In addition, it is unreal that they will take a step which is contrary to Xamenei's wish. The maximal work that can be made by the reformists is that they may slow down the development of the conflict between the two countries, Abdi said.