Iran’s Velayati: mission in Moscow unaffected by Netanyahu’s Russia visit
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 11
Ali Akbar Velayati, an international adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution who is in Russia for an official visit, shrugged off the concurrent trip to Russia by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying, “Nobody cares about his words.”
Speaking to reporters upon his arrival in Moscow on Wednesday, Velayati pointed to Netanyahu’s upcoming visit to the Russian Federation and said, “He is an itinerant person who travels to somewhere in the world every day,” Tasnim news agency reported.
“He makes baseless and illogical remarks and nobody cares about his words,” the Iranian official said.
“Therefore, his presence or absence in Russia has no effect on our strategic mission,” he added.
Velayati is in Moscow in a bid to submit messages from Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and also President Hassan Rouhani to Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi.
Qassemi said the letters are aimed at “emphasizing the importance of expanded relations between Iran and Russia”.
Velayati will likely hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.
Qassemi told the IRIB that Velayati will also pay a visit to China to convey messages from Khamenei and Rouhani to Chinese leaders.
He said that after the US’ withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Islamic Republic decided to send special envoys to convey the messages of top Iranian leaders to other countries.
“In these messages, our country’s views and stances regarding the US’ selfish and illegal behavior are explained to other countries,” he said.