Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 15
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
While pointing to the Feb. 11 national rally dedicated to the anniversary of the Islamic revolution, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani said that the rally was held at a time when Iran is fighting a battle with the world powers to defend its rights, Fars news agency reported Feb. 15.
"The magnificent Islamic rally foiled enemies' attempts in showing weak public support for the nuclear negotiations," he asserted.
The parliament speaker added that by attending the rally, the Iranian nation "showed off the state's power to the world" so that all may know that the Islamic Republic of Iran stems from the people.
Larijani also said that the public participation in the event carried the message that the Iranian nation will accept only a respectful, dignified deal with Western powers on the country's nuclear program.
Talks between Iran and the P5+1 group have been extended until July 1, 2015 to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
After the sides failed to meet the 24 Nov. 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 for providing Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
The US and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.